By Gwen Moore Kelaidis/ Photography by Saxon Holt. To the surprise of many, what was thought of as just a desert plant has started showing up in many gardens everywhere. Gwen explains the hardiness of different plants and their colorful characters. With tiny gems like hens and chicks, succulent ground covers, perennial companions or shrub-like selections you can go from a small container to a large backyard xeric garden. Also included is the use of plants to carpet roofs. Succulents actually keep a roof drier by soaking up rainfall, sometimes doubling the life of the roof. The colorful photos and information shows many varieties of succulents and perennial companions that can give striking form and color to your gardens. Softcover. 160 pp.