Author(s): CHANCE LEO J.
In part one of this practical, detailed guide, Leo Chance describes how to prepare planting beds, get plants established, combine them attractively, and maintain them over the long term. Part two consists of portraits of plants that can be used to create breath-taking, drought-tolerant gardens. Especially useful are tips from 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. If your goal is to garden with cacti and succulents rather than merely to grow them, this comprehensive, accessible book will help you achieve spectacular results. Drought-tolerant plants continue to grow in popularity as more and more localities impose water restrictions and homeowners seek to reduce outdoor water use Emphasis is on the practical aspects of gardening with cold-hardy cacti and succulents Contains lots of useful tips, such as how to handle cacti during planting, how to prepare planting beds, and how to get plants well-established
The Professional Gardener (No. 136 July 2012) Leo Chance is a professional gardener based in Colorado who has spent the last three decades growing, studying and researching a wide range of hardy cacti and succulents, capable of growing in zone 5. Here he discusses the concept of hardiness and how to improve a plant's chances of surviving a harsh winter, including dormancy, provenance, watering, feeding, siting of plants, and other cultural practices that will enhance hardiness...plants are dealt with in some detail, and there is a wealth of useful information here for those wishing to expand their collection. Peter Berresford Literature Review (CactusWorld Vol. 30 (3) In a world of spiralling energy prices which make heating a greenhouse in winter an expensive proposition for many growers, Leo Chance has produced a useful book which considers cacti and succulents that are suitable for cold climates... Anyone who already has an interest in cold-hardy cacti and succulents would find this book of great interest in providing new species to try either in a cold greenhouse or outside as well as new ways to approach cultivation.
Leo J. Chance is a professional gardener who has also worked as a professional plant buyer and propagator. He lectures frequently on cacti and succulents as well as water-wise gardening.