By: Diana Grenfell and Michael Shadrack
212 pages, 302 col photos, 2 maps
Boasting diverse leaf shape, size, color, and texture, it is no wonder that hostas continue to reign as the most popular perennial plants in North America. Not only are they the supreme plant for shade, but they also can be used in the landscape either as striking specimen plantings or as accommodating companion plants. Few pests bother them, and little maintenance is required, making hostas even more attractive to busy gardeners.
Each year a staggering number of new hostas are introduced. To assist gardeners and landscapers in selecting the right hosta for a particular situation, veteran plantswoman Diana Grenfell has teamed up with distinguished photographer Mike Shadrack in selecting 280 of the best hostas. Ranging from tried and true favorites to cutting edge newcomers bursting with potential, each plant has been handpicked for its superb performance in the landscape. An additional 545 hostas are briefly mentioned.
One of the most important reference books a gardener can own. -- Jill Sell Cleveland Plain Dealer 20070915 This compact book by Diana Grenfell and Michael Shadrack describes 280 old and new cultivars, with ample advice for selecting and caring for them. -- Beth Botts Philadelphia Inquirer 20071005 I would certainly recommend this book for those, like me, who have been severely bitten by the hosta bug. -- Taffy Turner Washington Gardener 20091001
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