The Gossler Guide to the Best Hardy Shrubs: More than 350 Expert Choices for Your Garden

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For most homeowners, shrubs are an essential part of the yard or garden because they provide shade, flowers, and foliage from spring through fall. Unfortunately, the choices available at many garden centers tend to be predictable and often unsuited to the local climate and growing conditions.

It doesn't have to be that way. The superior plants available today can transform ho-hum gardens into scenes of beauty and serenity. For decades, the Gossler family has tested, propagated,...

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Overview


For most homeowners, shrubs are an essential part of the yard or garden because they provide shade, flowers, and foliage from spring through fall. Unfortunately, the choices available at many garden centers tend to be predictable and often unsuited to the local climate and growing conditions.

It doesn't have to be that way. The superior plants available today can transform ho-hum gardens into scenes of beauty and serenity. For decades, the Gossler family has tested, propagated, and sold the very best hardy shrubs from around the world. This book is a distillation of their expertise — a guide to more than 350 of the most beautiful, versatile, and growable shrubs. Plant profiles describe the plant's main characteristics, give height and spread, and list the growing conditions needed to thrive.

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Editorial Reviews

Portland Tribune

"Even though I grow plenty of shrubs and read voraciously, the Gosslers' book introduced me to new varieties that I want to try."
Pacific Horticulture

“Reading The Gossler Guide is like walking through the display garden with one of the Gossler family. The informal style, depth of knowledge about the plants, and passion with which the information is shared … is totally engaging.”
Sunset's "Fresh Dirt" blog

“If [the Gosslers] have a mission, it is to get you to look past the country’s 20 most common shrubs—the ones that make new housing developments look so much alike—and get to know some of the alternatives.”
Oregonian
"The book, broken down alphabetically by genus, includes plenty of the new and trendy-at-the-moment plants but doesn’t neglect the “old warhorses”…No matter the plant, though, each one was chosen with Gossler’s massive knowledge of shrubs."
From the Publisher

"The book, broken down alphabetically by genus, includes plenty of the new and trendy-at-the-moment plants but doesn’t neglect the “old warhorses”…No matter the plant, though, each one was chosen with Gossler’s massive knowledge of shrubs."
Library Journal
The Gossler family has been growing and selling flowering shrubs in Oregon's Willamette Valley for over 40 years. Here, they use their wide knowledge of and experience with growing and propagating such shrubs to recommend more than 350 of them, many hardy through at least zone 5. There is some general cultural information, but the book's heart is the plant directory. Arranged alphabetically by genus, each entry describes the plant, including its best features, and offers specific advice for successfully growing it. Entries also list place of origin, appropriate U.S.D.A. hardiness zones, and favored exposure. The authors' conversational style is readable, and 140-plus beautiful color photographs enhance the text. While the Gosslers suggest many different varieties of plants they have grown themselves, gardeners may find some of them are not readily available in the trade or must be ordered by mail. VERDICT Gardeners in the Pacific Northwest will get the most out of this useful work because of similar growing conditions to the Gosslers, but gardeners in zones 5–9 will also find worthy choices.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929089
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 1,412,665
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Eric Gossler grew up in the Gossler family farm and nursery. After graduating from Oregon State University in Environmental Health and Safety, he moved to LaGrande, Oregon, to work as a consultant for an insurance company before returning home to work in the nursery. Eric is primarily responsible for physical operations, construction, and maintenance in this family enterprise. He is also the main packer for the shipping, boxing most of the orders personally.

Marjory Gossler is responsible for the office operations at Gossler Farms Nursery and reviews each order prior to shipping. She graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in physical education and science. After several years as a teacher, she came to the farm and nursery where she has worked for the past 55 years. She plans to continue keeping Roger and Eric in line as long as there is still time for golf.

Roger Gossler is one of those rare individuals who knew his career from birth. He became interested in plants at an early age and quickly became a leader in promoting the use of woody trees and shrubs. Roger is the buyer and main grower for Gossler Farms Nursery. He avidly researches what is new in the trade and worthy of inclusion in the nursery's catalog. He speaks on related topics to plant groups around the country.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John E. Elsley 9

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction 12

How to Think about Climate and Growing Conditions 18

Looking at Other People's Gardens 24

Our Personal Guide to Plant Categories 32

How Not to Kill Your Plants 40

Care and Maintenance 44

A to Z Plant Directory 54

Hardiness Zones 196

Shrubs for Specific Sites and Purposes 197

Index 199

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Great idea book for hardy shrubs

    This is an excellent source book for anyone looking for ideas on new shrubs for their garden. Although, not comprehensive, it is certainly based on real life growing experience in the Gossler family nursery, therefore you can trust their option on what the shrub will do in your garden.

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