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Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas

Field / Identification GuideOut of Print

By: Diana Grenfell and Michael Shadrack

212 pages, 302 col photos, 2 maps

Timber Press

Paperback | Aug 2007 | #167960 | ISBN-13: 9780881928471
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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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Diana Grenfell, a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, is the author of The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas, The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hostas and The Gardener's Guide to Growing Daylilies. She operates the well-known nursery, Apple Court, at Lymington in Hampshire with her husband, Roger Grounds, author of The Plantfinder's Guide to Ornamental Grasses. Michael Shadrack has been a member of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society for twelve years and is currently their Chairman and Bulletin Editor. He is also a member of the American Hosta Society. His interest in photography has led to a library of nearly 3200 hosta images, many of which have been published in books, magazines and catalogues. He regularly gives talks and lectures on hostas in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

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