The gardener's guide to succulents A handbook of over 125 exquisite varieties of succulents and cacti

Misa Matsuyama

Book - 2020

The Gardener's Guide to Succulents is a stunning visual reference identifying over 125 plants from 40 different genera of succulents and cacti. Fleshy, spiny, hairy, flowering-and coming in every imaginable shape, color and size-this plant family has captured the affection of plant enthusiasts all over the world. This book provides a beautiful overview of the diversity that succulents have to offer, presenting a wide variety of popular plants to help you create striking, aesthetically pleasing compositions.

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Tokyo : Tuttle Publishing [2020]
Corporate Author
HL Language Services
Main Author
Misa Matsuyama (author)
Corporate Author
HL Language Services (translator)
Item Description
Originally published as 'Tanikushokubutsuzukan' (Succulent plant book) in 2012 in Japanese.
Includes index.
Physical Description
95 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
  • The varieties of succulent plants. Plump leaves ; Lenses ; Molting ; Rosette ; Overlapping leaves ; Variations ; Strong presence ; Spines
  • Unique cactus species. Nicknames ; Charm ; Skin ; Flowers ; Areole ; Rainforest cacti
  • Creating succulent arrangements. Tools and materials for planting and arranging ; Arranging your plants ; How to grow succulents ; Advice for growing succulents.
Review by Booklist Review

While there's almost no substitute for visiting to a garden center or digging around in the soil to discover local landscape truths, Matsuyama's collection of succulents to consider comes close to developing a good diagnostic for folks interested in learning more about these strange and beautiful living things that have become especially popular in the last few years. Three sections define her opus: one on succulents (those plants that survive in areas with very low rainfall), the second on cacti, and the third a compilation of indoor planter examples along with how-tos on planting, growing, and arranging, some with step-by-step photographs. The 125-plus examples are well photographed and described in terms of characteristics, cultivation, and areas of origin, with rankings on ventilation, light shortage, and growth rate (among other factors). She groups them by distinguishing features: flowers, rosettes, skin, strong presence, molting, overlapping leaves, etc. A glossary at the end will satisfy the more scientifically curious.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This richly illustrated and skillfully executed book from horticulturist Matsuyama, her first to be published in English, explores the "vast, mysterious and fascinating" botanical realm of succulents. Explaining how these plants evolved the ability to retain water, Matsuyama observes that "the shapes born from such strength are beautiful and strange" and that succulents are resistant to both drought and cold temperature. In the book's first section, she examines various categories of succulents--those with plump leaves, with overlapping leaves, with rosettes, and so on--discussing individual plants' characteristics and growing needs. For example, the rosette variety known as "Party Dress" is "large and beautiful," as well as "strong and easy to grow but requires quite a bit of space when grouped with other plants." In the second section, Matsuyama looks at one of the best-known kinds of succulent, cacti, and in the third and final section, highlights ways to combine and arrange various specimens, particularly cacti, in garden or home displays. Adventurous gardeners will find that Matsuyama's book, with its precise explanations and copious photos, ushers them into a fascinating world. (Mar.)

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