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Author Yvonne Cave, an experienced New Zealand succulent grower, has classified, beautifully photographed and written the text for this work, aimed at focusing attention on xerophytic plants.
Most of the unusual succulents pictured in Succulents for the Contemporary Garden are not hardy in the Chicago area, except for sedums and sempervivums, but many of these plants are good candidates for containers in the summer and houseplants in the winter. They are perfect plants for those who cannot remember to water. There are no cultural directions or sources listed, but enough mention is made of suitable soil mixes for the beginning gardener as well as the connoisseur to experiment with some of these interesting plants.
After examining the succulents illustrated in this book, with their amazing diversity, sizes, textures and colors — all presented in an appealing array — one cannot help but be inspired.
— Adele Kleine, Library Volunteer, Master Gardener and contributing writer to Chicagoland Gardeningmagazine