Author(s): Sharon Asakawa
No green thumb? No problem! Succulents are the ultimate low-care plants, able to withstand erratic rainfall, poor soil, and outright neglect-they almost never need pruning, watering, feeding, or fussing over. That, along with their astounding range of colors and forms, makes them ideal for those who want an attractive yet low-maintenance container planting or landscape view. In Planting Designs for Cactus & Succulents, a book made for the gardener and non-gardener alike, you'll find information and design inspiration for adding these plants to your interior and exterior spaces. Authors Sharon Asakawa and John Bagnasco, with well over half a century of gardening experience between them, offer expert tips for selection, planting, and care, then show you how to beautifully incorporate cacti and succulents into your particular environment. More than twenty step-by-step how-to projects are paired with gorgeous photographic demonstrations, teaching you how to make your own terrariums, dish gardens, living "paintings," xerispheres, bouquets and centerpieces, hair ornaments, natural walkways, birdhouse roofs, picture frames, seasonal arrangements, and more. Just when you'd given up, Planting Designs for Cactus & Succulents comes to the rescue as your comprehensive guide to the plants that can survive in some of the least nurturing environments on Earth-even if that happens to include your house.
SHARON ASAKAWA and her husband Bruce are, without question, the most highly respected gardening experts in California. Sharon has been part of the nursery industry for decades. She began working in their family gardening center shortly after marrying Bruce in the early 1960s. Ultimately, she was in charge of the floral department where she gained hands-on practical experience. As their business grew, Sharon and Bruce began leading garden tours to great locales around the world, helping introduce the garden travelers to notable gardens and plants. In addition to this book for Cool Springs Press, Sharon is the author or co-author of Bruce and Sharon Asakawa's California Gardener's Guide, California Gardener's Handbook, California Gardening Rhythms, Jackson & Perkins Beautiful Roses Made Easy, and Jackson & Perkins Selecting, Growing, and Combining Outstanding Perennials.She is also co-host of the nationally syndicated GardenLife Radio Show, which reaches 1.1 million listeners every weekend. JOHN BAGNASCO has been an integral part of the gardening industry for over 45 years, starting with a degree in Horticultural Marketing (Michigan State University) and followed by a decade at Frank's Nursery and Crafts in Detroit. He moved to California to become regional manager and buyer for the Nurseryland division of Sunbelt Nursery Group and then became the head buyer for Armstrong Garden Centers based in Glendora, California. John joined Creative Promotions in October 2000 as a senior magazine editor and radio personality for Garden Compass. He is currently the president and co-host of the nationally syndicated GardenLife Radio Show, which reaches 1.1 million listeners every weekend. He is also the president of www.GardenTube.com, a YouTube-type site for gardeners. As if that's not enough, he is a partner in SuperNaturals Grafted Vegetables, LLC., has also taught horticulture classes, and is a rose breeder who introduced over a dozen new varieties. He was host of the DVD The Essential Guide to Roses. John's other books include Plants for the Home Vol I. SHAUN BUCHANAN is a professional User Experience designer and has been designing and photographing for the last decade. As an in-house designer at a plant nursery in North County San Diego where he currently resides with his wife Kate, he developed a love for cacti and succulents while photographing and designing ads for marketing material. This is his first book project. ROBYN FOREMAN is a highly skilled and trained floral designer with more than twenty-five years' experience. Her business specializes in custom upscale events with a focus on decor and outrageous florals. Nothing is off limits in her design work; if it's beautiful, alive, and can't run away on its own, it's going in an arrangement! Cacti and succulents are perfect for creating many intriguing, lavish looks. Robyn has been featured in the Better Homes and Gardens special-interest publication Country Gardens Magazine,with her fresh take on combining flowers with succulents in everyday arrangements.