Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden That Lightens up the Shadows

Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden That Lightens up the Shadows

by Larry Hodgson

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Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden That Lightens up the Shadows by Larry Hodgson

A gorgeous celebration of the shade garden--featuring nearly 300 perennials, annuals, bulbs, ferns, ornamental grasses, and climbing plants that will thrive without direct sunlight
A shaded garden can be a soothing sanctuary that even the most dedicated sun worshipper can welcome on a hot summer day. But how do you get plants to grow in a spot where trees and shrubs hide the sun? In this stunning volume, garden expert Larry Hodgson shows how to create a lush and lovely garden filled with plants that will flourish in the shade.

The first part covers the basics of shade gardening, including planning, planting, and problem-solving. Here readers will find out how to use shade-tolerant grasses and groundcovers for the root-filled areas under trees; discover solutions for dry shade and heavy needle and leaf drop; and learn what to do if a tree should fall and a shade garden is suddenly thrust back in the sun. The second part is devoted to an encyclopedia of shade-loving plants.

Complete with expert designs for five different kinds of shaded gardens, Making the Most of Shade is a splendid new gardening title by the popular author of Perennials for Every Purpose, which Susan McClure, author of Easy-Care Perennial Gardens, called "a treasure . . . the next best thing to having a friendly expert whispering in your ear as you plan, plant, and perfect your perennial garden."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579549671
Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 468,232
Product dimensions: 7.49(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

LARRY HODGSON is the author of the Rodale books Perennials for Every Purpose and Annuals for Every Purpose. A regular contributor to garden magazines here and in Canada, he has also been radio garden commentator for CBS Radio. Hodgson lives in Sainte-Foy, Quebec.

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