Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Cleveland Plain Dealer
"One of the most important reference books a gardener can own."
Philadelphia Inquirer
"One of the most important reference books a gardener can own."
Washington Gardener
"This compact book...describes 280 old and new cultivars, with ample advice for selecting and caring for them."
From the Publisher
"I would certainly recommend this book for those, like me, who have been severely bitten by the hosta bug."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928471
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Series: Timber Press Pocket Guides Ser.
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 249,742
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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 is a member of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and 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 catalogs. He regularly lectures on hostas in Europe and North America.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    great book for starters

    This book is great for starter gardeners. The hostas are the tried and true ones, unfortunately the newer plants to come out aren't in this book. Some are mentioned in the descriptions but they aren't easy to find. If you are starting out or need a great gardening gift pick this one up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

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    This is another in the continuing series of Pocket Guides being published by Timber Press, more or less based on TP's comprehensive collection of authoritative books on a wide variety of gardening and horticultural subjects. This volume, stemming from Diana Grenfell and Michael Shadrack's classic reference tome published in 2004, 'The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas,' will appeal to all gardeners and nursery people interested in hostas and want to know more about them. In addition to being up to date with the inclusion of over 70 new introductions, it lists the tried and tested classic hostas enjoyed in numerous large and small gardens in North America and Europe. Easy to carry around, the small volume is packed with information on cultural details, pest control and landscaping ideas. There are also succinct sections on history, botany and what to look for when purchasing hostas, an excellent index and a quick reference at the beginning on choosing hostas for different sites and climatic conditions. The photographs clearly illustrate the wide variety of textures and shades of leaf color, as well as the sumptuousness of hostas with the largest leaves. In addition, they highlight the wide variety of different shapes in which hosta leaves are available. Highly recommended for all gardeners and nursery people a wealth of practical information at a bargain price. Warren I. Pollock Contributing Editor 'The Hosta Journal'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    I loved all the pictures & descriptions of the plants. I ne

    I loved all the pictures & descriptions of the plants. I never knew there were so many varieties of hostas!

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