Planting Solutions for Shady Gardens

Book - 2006
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Every garden has some shade--some gardens are even completely shaded--and gardeners tend to see shade as a problem. Questions about what to plant in shady parts of the garden are among the most frequest posed in gardening magazines, radio phone-ins, and online discussions. In this innovative book, award-winning gardening expert Keith Wiley turns all the familiar preconceptions on their heads by presenting garden shade in a positive light.

Wiley first discusses shade--from dappled and partial to full and dense--in different situations and in every size and type of garden. He then considers the characteristics of shade-loving plants, showing how to use them with companions to create striking designs. He also looks at the practicalities of preparing, planting, and maintaining a shade garden.

Complete with a directory of shade-loving plants, Shade shows you how to turn shady areas into highlights in your garden.

Publisher: Portland, OR : Timber Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780881927559
Branch Call Number: 635.9543 WILEY
Characteristics: 175 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.


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Mar 20, 2016

I read this cover-to-cover and took notes (which is not always the case -- I often just look at the photos and scan some text in gardening books). Great content. Liked that the author critiques the photos (they are inspirational, but aren't all perfect) -- he points out, for example, what would be hard to maintain and why, or improvements he'd suggest to the composition. The shade plant directory in the last several pages is excellent, with lots of commentary based on his experience with the particular plants. It's useful that he points out hardiness zones in that directory; wish he'd done that in the rest of the book, since many of the plants are not Minnesota zone 4 hardy. I had to keep looking up online the zone for various plants I'd come across, which is a hassle and was mostly a repeated disappointment. Despite that, I will be reading other books by this author. Would be great to have the same type of shade-specific book "for cold climates". -- a MN master gardener


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