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About this book
About this book
Rich with descriptions and illustrations of more than 1000 readily available species and cultivars that will enliven and thrive in your shade garden. The easy-to-read format, illustrated with more than 300 photographs, makes this the perfect handy reference. You will find definitions of shade intensities; information about plant cultivation, maintenance, and pests and diseases; as well as lists of plants for specific landscape uses. Also included is a list of specialty nursery sources that carry shade perennials.
W. George Schmid is the author of the award-winning An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials (2002). He gardens at Hosta Hill in northern Georgia, USA.
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252 pages, 310 col photos
It's lightweight and small enough to slip into a purse or backpack to be toted around a garden or a nursery for frequent referral. With color photos on nearly every page and a price of $20, the volume is a bargain. I can't see where they've skimped. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20050202 The moderate price, $19.95, is remarkable for a book so lavishly illustrated and in color. -- John E. Bryan Gardening Newsletter 20050209 If you have a garden with shady spots, this book is worth the investment. -- Dan Hays Salem Statesman Journal 20050206 Use of this book can take you beyond the usual hosta and fern shade garden to sophisticated and beautiful shade gardens. -- Joanne S. Carpender National Gardener 20050302 This volume is generously and gorgeously illustrated. The photographs are not only lushly beautiful but also provide instructive suggestions for grouping plants and their layout. Easy to carry and easy to get lost in, this guide will be an asset not only for experienced gardeners, but for those of us who want to become better ones. -- Kay Ackerman Bloomsbury Review 20050315 A very useful illustrated reference, describing over 1,000 perennials. Avant Gardener 20050329 Schmid describes hundreds, all with detailed information on size, type of foliage and flowers, and how to grow them. -- John Van de Water Newark Star-Ledger 20050313 This handy reference book is the perfect companion for a trip to the nursery. Garden Gate 20050604 A great quick guide to perennials for the shady garden ... well organized and easy to read. -- Taffy Turner Washington Gardener 20050501 Exhaustive and full of great ideas ... an inspiration for the too easily discouraged shade gardener. -- Susan Harris Washington Gardener 20050501 Schmid draws upon his immense expertise to provide a thoroughly user-friendly, profusely illustrated guide ... If you want to have a shade garden that will maximize plant diversity and esthetics, you need this Pocket Guide to Shade Perennials. Library Bookwatch 20050601 Offers ideas for plants that will bring year-round color to the woodland garden. -- Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 20050723 This book ... would make a good reference for anyone needing some ideas for other plants to grow in the shade besides the common hosta varieties seen in the large box stores. -- Jason Koontz Plant Science Bulletin 20050701 The expertise of the author is reflected on every page. -- Diane M. Calabrese American Reference Books Annual 20060301 Reminded me of all the beautiful shade plants I should be growing out in the wooded area behind my house. A definite keeper! -- Rosemarie Papayanopulos Gardener's Gazette 20071101