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Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates: 274 Outstanding Species for Challenging Conditions

By Leo J. Chance

Get your hands on this essential guide to the techniques and plants that can take these tough conditions in stride without sacrificing appeal.

American Gardener

There are many reasons to grow cacti and other succulents—they're drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, and they look great. But what about hardiness? For those who thought that these spectacular plants were only for gardens in California and the Southwest, guess again—hundreds are fully cold-hardy and can be grown outdoors from New England to British Columbia, Wisconsin to Texas.

Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates is filled with inspirational portraits of 274 plants that can be used to create drought-tolerant gardens, as well as tips from regional experts who have mastered the art of growing cacti in parts of the country not usually associated with high temperatures or a scarcity of water. Expert Leo Chance describes how to prepare planting beds, how to get plants well established, how to handle cacti during planting, how to protect plants from cold winters, and when and how much to water.

Media reviews

"This book is an invaluable tool for reinforcing the message that it is indeed possible to create eye-catching, low-water gardens. ... I recommend that you get your hands on this essential guide to the techniques and plants that can take these tough conditions in stride without sacrificing appeal."

American Gardener

"In a friendly, narrative style ... Leo addresses important topics like understanding hardiness. ... I'm thrilled to have [it] on my bookshelf."

Pacific Horticulture

"Provides tips from regional experts, as well as descriptions on how to prepare planting beds, protect plants in winter, and maintain them long-term. His book makes a good case for growing these plants, no matter where you live."

Phoenix Home and Garden

"Will be a welcome gift for anyone who loves these droughty plants no matter where they live."

Palm Springs Desert Sun

"Leo Chance has written a splendid book. Cacti & Succulents for Cold Climates is the result of six years of summer gardening, winter writing, and lots of encouragement from fellow lovers of prickly and fleshy plants."

Pueblo Chieftain

About the author

Leo J. Chance

Leo J. Chance is a professional gardener based in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado. He has also worked as a professional plant buyer and propagator. A member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society, Leo lectures frequently about cacti and succulents, as well as water-wise gardening.

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