Easy Care Shade Flowers

Easy Care Shade Flowers

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by Patricia A. Taylor
     
 

Gardens surrounded by beautiful old trees--or stark new buildings--can now be transformed into wonderlands of tranquil beauty and grace, alive with delightful color and luxuriant foliage. An experienced shade gardener herself, Taylor tells you how to:

  • Select plants that thrive in shade, require practically no maintenance, and add interest to any
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Overview

Gardens surrounded by beautiful old trees--or stark new buildings--can now be transformed into wonderlands of tranquil beauty and grace, alive with delightful color and luxuriant foliage. An experienced shade gardener herself, Taylor tells you how to:

  • Select plants that thrive in shade, require practically no maintenance, and add interest to any setting
  • Choose the best location, based on type of shade, and dryness or moisture of the soil
  • Simplify pest control and eliminate chemical fertilizers
  • Design a garden filled with flowers or foliage in every season of the year

Profiles of public and private gardens across the country-from a city lot in New York to a wooded property in Missouri and a salt-air ocean site in California-beautifully capture the remarkable diversity of shade gardening. Lavish full-color photos and detailed descriptions of more than 350 shade-loving bulbs, ground covers, wall covers, wall climbers, shrubs, annuals, and perennials, plus recommended sources, will have gardeners enthusiastically pursuing the joys of this "shady" enterprise.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although the bulk of Taylor's ( Easy Care Perennials ) book is a typical survey of plant types, she also carries this compendium a step further. She not only includes basic care in her book but also recommendations from experts on plants for various climates--from California to North Carolina, and Michigan to Ohio. Her expertise and research come clear in such tidbits as Taylor's ``hosta heresy'': ``If your plants are devoured by pests, dig out the hostas and try different plants in their place.'' And, for voyeurs of other people's gardens, she includes pages on public and private gardens where shade is assumed and shade-loving plants are cosseted. Taylor's informative, well-written descriptions of these gardens and interviews with enthusiastic caretakers will give heart to the ordinary homeowner faced with giant trees or urban buildings and miniscule sunlight. Readers will also trust Taylor's plant recommendations all the more because she uses her own gardens--and errors--as examples. She also adamantalso adamantly refuses to resort to chemical warfare on pests. Moreover, her book is one of the most reasonably priced to come along. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671755676
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
02/01/1993
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.31(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.38(d)

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