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Design a succulent garden of your own, with inspiration, advice, and instructional step-by-step projects for container gardens, small-space gardens, mixed gardens, and more.
You can't help but be mesmerized by the eye-catching geometric forms and jewel-toned colors of succulents. But how do you grow these beauties in your own garden? One of the only books dedicated to succulent garden design, Striking Succulent Gardens is a stylish, modern gardening book for beginners and enthusiasts alike.
Known for his colorful approach and bold use of varied textures and shapes, garden designer Gabriel Frank offers practical ideas, simple concepts, stunning full-color photography, step-by-step instructions for a dozen different gardens, plant recommendations, basic succulent care, and an inspired approach to creating living art in your own garden. For those in colder climates, there is a list of cold-hardy succulents and advice for bringing container gardens indoors for the winter, making succulent gardens achievable no matter where you live.
Tough, water-wise, wildly popular, and nearly indestructible, succulents will transform your outdoor space, providing gardens of every size with minimal maintenance and maximum impact.
About the Author
Gabriel Frank is the founder of Gardens by Gabriel, a landscape design/build firm in Morro Bay, California, known for its distinctive and dramatic succulent designs. A graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, he has been honored by America in Bloom and featured in Better Homes and Gardens's Country Garden magazine.
“Gabriel Frank has long been on my radar as one of the finest landscape designers specializing in succulents. He combines extensive knowledge with a keen eye for aesthetics. Gabe’s excellent book shows and explains what you need to create your own strikingly beautiful succulent garden.”—Debra Lee Baldwin, bestselling author of Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified
“With water an ever more precious resource throughout the western United States and beyond, Striking Succulent Gardens couldn’t be more timely. Many books recommend succulents for water-wise landscaping. But Gabriel Frank, with a designer’s eye for stunning arrangements of plants and the practical know-how for growing them, shows how to choose easy-care combos of all kinds of succulents to make the water-wise garden of your dreams.”—Pam Penick, founder of Digging garden blog and author of The Water-Saving Garden
“So many designers incorporate succulents in their designs these days, but few do it as well as Gabriel Frank. His painterly use of color, texture, and structure bring the spaces to life. His signature feeling, flow, and careful plant selections take my breath away. I’ve had the luxury of sitting in his gardens for hours, absorbing every detail. And now, with these pages, you can do the same. Enjoy!”—Nan Sterman, water-wise gardener, author of Hot Color, Dry Garden, and host/producer of public television’s A Growing Passion
“Instructive, entertaining…[Gabriel Frank] shares tips for small spaces, encouraging city-dwelling gardeners to draw out a plan if space is tight, and addresses cold climate needs. He also instructs on building planters and shares helpful garden design advice…all of which is enlivened by vibrant photos and his playful approach…Frank will inspire gardeners at all levels to turn their eye to succulents.”—Publishers Weekly