The Gardener's Guide to Cactus

The Gardener's Guide to Cactus

The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes

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Do you know which cactus flowers are heavily scented like honey and chocolate? Name a hedgehog species with fruit that tastes like strawberries. Identify the lumpy, thornless, lime-green column whose skin feels like melted wax. With this guide, home gardeners can learn how to identify, select, plant, and care for 100 of the best cactus available.

When it comes to garden plants, cacti are anything but standard issue. The bulk of home gardens contain exactly zero species of cactus, and the thought of growing them makes gardeners think, “Ouch!” In The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes, Scott Calhoun is out to change that perception, and bring the beauty and ease of cactus home. It’s high time that cacti took their place alongside the trendy succulent.

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Seemingly one of the more intimidating plants to incorporate into a garden, this beautifully illustrated guide shows how cactus are in fact remarkably easy to grow and certain to provide excitement to the garden's design, whether in the ground or in containers. Calhoun, a garden designer based in Tucson, Arizona, has selected 100 types of cactus, dividing them according to shape, and providing clear guidelines as to the hardiness, native habitat, mature size, flowering season, cultivation, and culinary value of each plant. He includes an initial description of each plant's history and design attributes, providing design suggestions, including frequent suggestions for companion plantings. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 227 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781604692006
Branch Call Number: 635.93356 Cal


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Apr 24, 2012

What a beautiful book on cactus! Beautiful photographs and a lot of good information for those who love and grow these amazing plants!

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