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Shrubs and Hedges: Discover, Grow, and Care for the World's Most Popular Plants

Shrubs and Hedges: Discover, Grow, and Care for the World's Most Popular Plants

by Eva Monheim


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A practical, ordinary person's guide to choosing, planting, and caring for the world's most popular plants, Shrubs & Hedges delivers all the know-how you'll need to grow beautiful, healthy shrubs.

Whether they're flowering shrubs or evergreen hedges, these long-lived plants fill a lot of space in our landscapes; yet they don't capture as much attention as perennials, annuals, and even trees. The front doors and picture windows of millions of houses world-wide are adorned by shrubs. Despite their ubiquity, selecting and maintaining shrubs remains a mystery to many. Shrubs are all-too-often inappropriately pruned into "meatball" shapes, or alternatively, left to become an overgrown tangle of branches. But as you'll discover in the pages of Shrubs & Hedges, when cared for properly, these workhorse plants have much to offer. They mask foundations, delineate property lines, increase privacy, stabilize soils, provide food for wildlife, and add beauty and interest to the landscape. It’s time for shrubs to take center stage.

Shrubs & Hedges eliminates the ambiguities of shrub selection and care by offering:
  • Advice on how to pick the best shrubs for your growing conditions
  • Plant profiles of both dependable classic shrubs and new rising stars
  • Step-by-step propagation instructions for making more shrubs—for free!
  • Shrub identification tips
  • A lesson on the value of hedges and hedgerows
  • The best shrubs for pollinators and other wildlife
  • Pruning illustrations and tips to maximize shrub performance and health
  • Tips for designing with shrubs
Drawing on her decades of experience in the plant-care and landscape industries, author and horticulture educator Eva Monheim proves you don’t have to be a “gardener” to see the value in this extensive group of plants.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760366844
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 431,685
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eva Monheim is co-founder of Verdant Earth Educators (VEE), a horticulture education and consulting firm. She’s an instructor at the world-famous Longwood Gardens in their Professional Horticulture Program where she teaches woody plants and arboriculture. Eva is also a faculty member at The Barnes Arboretum of St. Joseph University where she teaches Landscape Management. Monheim was an assistant professor at Temple University in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture for over twelve years where she taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Professionally educated and trained, she is a horticulturist, certified arborist, master floral designer, artist, and writer. Eva’s articles, designs, and photographs have appeared in national, regional, and local magazines and newspapers, including a column in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Thanks to her horticultural studies in England, Eva has a global appreciation of garden design and environmental sensitivity. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Passion for Shrubs: Their General Uses and Benefits
Chapter 2: Rooted in the Past: A Short History of Shrubs
Chapter 3: How to ID a Shrub and How They are Named
Chapter 4: Tailored to Fit: Designing with Shrubs
Chapter 5: Profiles of Dependable Classics and Rising Stars
Chapter 6: Pruning for Structure, Shape, Form, and Profit
Chapter 7: Propagating Shrubs
Chapter 8: Hedges and Hedgerows
Chapter 9: Attracting Pollinators and Other Desirable Wildlife
Chapter 10: Shrubs for Ponds, Creeks, Rain Gardens, Hillsides, and Riparian Areas
Chapter 11: How, When, and Where to Purchase Shrubs
Appendix: Shrub Societies and Additional Resources
Photo and Illustration Credits

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