The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening

The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening

by Amy Ziffer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611685251
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 320,751
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

AMY ZIFFER is the owner of A Shady Lady Garden Design and a former editor at Fine Gardening. She has written for Yankee, Horticulture, and many other gardening, lifestyle, and consumer publications.

Table of Contents

PREFACE • Why Buy This Book? • Who Is This Book Written For? • How Is This Book Organized? • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS • SHADE AND SHADE PLANTS • Getting Specific about Shade • About the Plants Recommended in this Book • Some Plant Terms You Need to Know • Surprising Shade Plant Facts • SHADE GARDEN DESIGN • Types of Shade Gardens • Situating Your Garden • Selecting Plants • Backbone Plants . . . and Everything Else • Plants for Both Shade and Sun • Using Colorful Foliage in the Shade • Arranging Plants • Using Bulbs and Spring Ephemerals • Shrubs • Shrubs for Moderate Shade • Shrubs for Light Shade • Other Possibilities • Vines • Moss • MAINTENANCE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DILIGENT • DEER • Products Applied to Plants and Gardens • Fencing and More • MANAGING SHADY AREAS • SOIL BASICS • Improving Your Soil • pH • MULCH • FERTILIZATION • PLANT GALLERY • PLANTS FOR DEEPER SHADE • Backbone Plants • Accent Plants • Spring Ephemerals • Bulbs • Ferns for Border Use • Ferns Best for Naturalizing • PLANTS FOR LIGHT SHADE • Backbone Plants • Accent Plants • Spring Ephemerals • Bulbs • PLANTS FOR SPECIAL SITUATIONS • Naturalizing • Shady Rock Gardens • Cool, Moist, but Well-Drained Spots • RESOURCES • Plants Native to Eastern North America • Plants by USDA Zone • Plants That Grow Well in Both Shade and Sun • Plants for Moist Areas • Plants for Rock Gardens • Plants Suitable for Use as Groundcovers • For More Information • INDEX

What People are Saying About This

Tovah Martin

“Every Northeastern gardener needs to read this eyes-wide-open, tell-it-like-it-is book. Even if you don’t have shade now, follow the advice in this book and sections of your garden might someday bask in the shadows of luxuriant bedfellows. Get enlightened.”

Karen Bussolini

“Gardens—and gardeners—are rooted in place, so it’s a good idea to let people know where you’re coming from when you offer advice. Amy Ziffer’s The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening puts it right out front. Hers is no one-size-fits-all tome, but a friendly and informative guide for gardeners who deal with trees, deer and unpredictable weather of the northeast. Practical, detailed and realistic, Ziffer engagingly conveys the challenges and rewards garnered from years of hands-on gardening and close observation. Her depth of experience and conversational tone make this book the next best thing to being in the garden with her.”

Douglas Tallamy

“If you are tired of watching your lawn fade in the shady areas of your property, or have decided to fill those bare spots under your oak with beautiful perennials, Amy Ziffer can help. In her timely new book, the Shady Lady challenges a common misconception in gardening: that there are very few perennials that thrive in the shade. For gardeners seeking a nondestructive compromise between all native landscapes and those decorated only with exotic ornamentals, The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening is a must read.”

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