Agaves: Living sculptures for landscapes and containers

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The definitive work on agaves for the garden. First, Agaves outlines a brief history of the genus, describes in detail proper care on growing agaves both in containers and in the landscape, and illustrates how to correctly identify similar species. Then, Agaves profiles over 75 species, cultivars, and hybrids best suited to gardens and landscapes – beyond the typical “century plant” that is A. americana or A. desmettiana that goes into many commercial and residential landscapes.

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The definitive work on agaves for the garden. Among this book’s highlights you’ll find:

  • The most exciting new species and hybrids
  • More than 220 superb photos, many taken in native habitats
  • How to distinguish similar species
  • The latest cultural and taxonomic information
  • How to grow agaves outside their native range

Species, cultivars, and hybrids best suited to gardens and landscapes are profiled in vivid detail. Each entry includes field notes as well as a detailed description of the plant and its cultural requirements. Because agaves can change dramatically as they age, photos show species from youth to maturity, a unique feature of this book. Distribution, taxonomy, and horticultural history complete the in-depth treatment.

Useful to specialists and to enthusiasts who are just beginning to explore the dazzlingly diverse world of agaves, this authoritative guide is sure to win converts to these amazing New World plants.

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Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1.2 in

2 reviews for Agaves: Living sculptures for landscapes and containers

  1. Mark Bosley

    This is an intriguing, even inspiring book.
    It is beautiful and has a lot of information that will ward off much disappointment. For example, I had a Macroanthia and and Queen Victoria Agave, which I was going to plant on the North and South side of my house respectively. After consulting Gregg’s book, I know I need to flip that. Also, I just purchased a small Agave Montana and I was going to plant it in my usual sandy gravelly mix of dirt. But, through this book Gregg informed me that the Montana is native to a high pine forest and needs more organic matter.
    Each Agave discussed has a section on landscaping use which is useful. But, it is the pictures of the Agave in their native habitat really make the book. What a difference between seeing an agave in a one gallon black plastic at you local nursery and seeing the full grown specimen growing off a cliff in Mexico.
    The lists are very helpful: most frost hardy, most frost tender, most xeric and the size lists. An indispensable book for any xeric gardener.

  2. Barb Wilson

    The above writer has provided an excellent review with which I heartily agree! Some additional thoughts I have about the value of this wonderful book include the fact that it is formatted in a way that makes it easy to locate exactly what it is you want to read about in regard to each specific agave type. For example you can skip the “field notes” and go directly to the “landscape value”, if you wish. But, don’t! The “field notes” are full of fascinating information that takes you into the life of a wild agave as well as makes you realize that Greg has gotten to know these plants up close and personal!

    In addition, have fun chuckling at Greg’s dry sense of humor. Or maybe, he is being serious about having fun staring for hours at the highly visible bud prints of the Agave bovicornuta! I, for one, find bud prints to be among the most fascinating and wonderful aspects of the agave plant and use his helpful book to locate the most “bud printed” agaves available!

    All kidding aside, Greg’s book is a gem and my favorite gardening book. I highly recommend it to any and all individuals starting out or continuing on in their agave journey. You will get hooked!

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