Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers by Greg Starr

By Greg Starr

Gardeners and backyard designers are having a love affair with agaves. It's effortless to work out why—they're low upkeep, drought-tolerant, and strikingly sculptural, with an marvelous variety of shape and colour. Many species are strikingly variegated, and a few have contrasting decorative spines at the edges in their leaves. brilliant for box gardening or in-the-ground tradition, they mix versatility with effortless growability.

In Agaves, plant professional Greg Starr profiles seventy five species, with extra cultivars and hybrids, most suitable to gardens and landscapes. every one plant access incorporates a targeted description of the plant, besides its cultural requisites, together with hardiness, solar publicity, water wishes, soil requisites, and strategies of propagation. Agaves can switch dramatically as they age and this accomplished consultant comprises images displaying every one species from adolescence to maturity—a invaluable characteristic targeted to this publication.

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