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As a sequel to her successful Designing with Succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin has written a colorful and informative treatment of these popular plants as container subjects. Based in Southern California, Baldwin has years of experience working with, and writing about, succulents, cacti, and mediterranean-climate plants. This new book contains more than 300 inspiring photos illustrating basic design tenets, plant information, large container displays, and cultivation of these water-wise plants.

Part One examines what showcases the plants best. Considering repetition, color and texture, scale and proportion, in combination with the choice of containers, will enhance the sculptural beauty of the plants. Baldwin showcases classic containers, unusual art pots, and surprising containers-a child's toy fire engine, a rusty flour sifter, or a muffin tin. Accessories and top dressings are also important; she suggests that tumbled glass, gravels, or pebbles set off the plants and help unify a gathering of containers.

For containers, Baldwin provides excellent lists of smaller agaves, euphorbias, ice plants, and strange pachyforms with built-in water tanks. Sedums fill and drape and add col...

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