OverviewAuthored by two leading international experts on aloes and their kin, Garden Aloes is the first to deal with a range of the most desirable aloe cultivars and hybrids, all of which are exceptionally suitable for planting in gardens. The book is comprehensively illustrated with full-color photographs that show the growth forms and a range of the characters that make these plants some of the most desirable to grow in any garden. Identification of the cultivars is made easy through descriptions and a range of images of the plants, their inflorescences and flowers. Informative descriptions and flowering periods are provided for more than 60 widely grown and exceptional cultivars and hybrids currently available. The species are arranged in 20 groups according to size and flower color, making it easy to select what is suitable for your garden. Garden Aloes is a must for anyone interested in gardening, landscaping, natural history, aloes, succulents, and more.
Author BiographyGideon F. Smith is South Africa's most prolific author on aloes and other succulent plants, with more than 40 books to his name. He is chief director for biosystematics and collections at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, professor of plant science at the University of Pretoria, and a research associate at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Estrela Figueiredo is authored or coauthor of numerous books on aloes, succulent gardens, ferns and the Angolan flora. She is a research associate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.