Scott Calhoun explores backroads and backcountry in search of plants, gardens, architecture and food. He is the author of five gardening books. His first book, Yard Full of Sun, was awarded the 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award; his second title, Chasing Wildflowers, won the Garden Writers Association 2008 Silver Book Award. Scott’s sixth book, The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus, will be published by Timber Press in the sping of 2012. Scott writes a monthly garden column for Sunset magazine and freelances for numerous print publications including, American Gardener, Fine Gardening, and Wildflower. Scott runs Zona Gardens, a design studio based in Tucson, Arizona. He gardens, writes, and lectures across the United States.
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At last: a book that shows readers just how easy, hardy, and rewarding cactus can be for everyone--not just specialists. Succulent plant expert Scott Calhoun picks 100 of the best cacti available and shows how they can make striking additions to any garden or serve as dazzling container specimens.
Award-winning author, Scott Calhoun, and local nature expert, Lynn Hassler, provide a unique approach to container gardening by creating a title that is specific to the Southwest region. This publication provides detailed information about creating a decorative yard, patio, or balcony in arid climates and discusses the variety of plant options available from vegetables and fragrant flowers to colorful containers that create an atmosphere of tranquility and attract nature.
"Put your desert eyes on," is Scott Calhoun's first advice to gardeners facing arid Southwestern regions with extreme climate conditions. Then he shows how to translate the natural beauty of the region - mountains, canyons, sculptural succulents, and incandescent sky - into gorgeous yet water-thrifty landscape designs that complement existing architecture as well as the environment that surrounds it.
For every gardener who has hesitated over plant pairings or wondered if an array of favorite plants will work well together in the garden, "Designer Plant Combinations" inspires and delights with professionally designed combinations using just two to six plants. Here are the secrets to combining French lavender with California fuchsia; prairie coneflower with hummingbird mint; and tall purple moor grass with dwarf Korean lilac in a small garden bed. The dramatic effects are marvelous. Author Scott Calhoun traveled the country searching for the freshest, most exciting plant groupings. He visited the gardens of top designers from coast to coast and chose more than 100 combinations to include in his photographic celebration. Riots of complementary colors, masses of grasses, foliage spectacles in extraordinary shades of green and purple, and height variations as arresting as city skylines are all featured in these exciting gardens, each one an intimate self-contained glimpse of a larger garden. Rather than complete garden designs, these combinations are small, understandable pieces that demystify the design process for home gardeners. The innovative ensembles are invitations to try plants together in fresh, inventive ways. The combinations are perfect as embellishments to or reinventions of existing gardens. A favorite pairing can be the beginning of a larger garden design, or a five-plant grouping might be all that is necessary to fill in a small urban garden. The possibilities are as varied as the gardener's imagination.
What can possess a man to drive across state lines, mountain ranges, and international borders with little more than a ragged guide book, an old map, and a wild look in his eyes? Wild women? No, wildflowers!Author Scott Calhoun invites you to join him on a rollicking adventure through Utah, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and into Sonora, Mexico. Along the way, learn how red chile on a white T-shirt can look like a gunshot wound, and how a man driving a VW Jetta with 100,000 miles on it can feel "richer than a Hollywood divorce lawyer" while he searches for the elusive beauty of blooming wildflowers. Why? Because "there are some temptations that are too great for a renegade gardener to resist."
Yard Full of Sun: The Story of a Gardener's Obsession That Got a Little Out of Hand is the perfect guide to extreme gardening and shows that a little dedication can go a long way. If you have ever lived in the desert, or are planning to relocate, Yard Full of Sun will explain: The ins and outs of building your own bungalow Water conservation and collecting rain water in a homemade cistern Soil conditions and how to treat your dirt The importance of landscaping plans and how to make them Plants that thrive in an arid landscape Colors and flowers Cactus: love it? hate it? Creative gardening techniques And most importantly: There is no shame in scavenging along the side of the road for the perfect seeds. Yard Full of Sun is a full-bodied gardening adventure meant to inspire you to think beyond the turf and queen palm landscape. This humorous and easy-to-read book chronicles the struggles and triumphs of one family as they design and construct a home and garden in the desert. Exploring gardens from southern Sonora, Mexico to Utah's Great Basin, Southern California to Texas, this is the book to have before creating your own retreat.