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Gardeners' World: 101 Shade-loving Plants: Ideas to Light Up Shadows (Gardeners' World Magazine 101) [Paperback]

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20 Mar 2008 Gardeners' World Magazine 101
Few gardens have constant sun, but this doesn't mean they have to be gloomy. Even the most shaded gardens can be full of colour and variety. Packed with expert instruction on planting and aftercare, and full-colour photography accompanying each gardening idea, 101 Shade-loving Plants is full of diverse ideas to suit all gardens. Banish the dark from shady gardens once and for all.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st Edition edition (20 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846074509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846074509
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The perfect gift for the home gardener and landscaping enthusiast." (Sacramento Book Review)

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An essential title from the Gardeners' World Magazine 101 series - even the darkest gardens can be brightened with these striking plants that love shady areas

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of ideas for that tricky part of the garden 21 Dec 2008
By Wiltshire Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Ask any gardener which part of the garden is a problem and they will almost always say 'that shady spot over there'. With this book, the problem is solved in 101 ways.

There's the usual suspects such as ferns, Dicentra and Astilbe, but that's not all. There's even shade tolerant Clematis on show, a plant usually noted for liking its head in the sunshine, even if its feet does prefer shade. Suggestions can be found for both dry and damp shaded areas.

The book is divided into several sections. The first four cover each season in turn, so there's no excuse for not having all-round interest in a shady garden. The final three cover year-round interest, walls and ground-cover, thus completing a comprehensive guide that's clearly laid out and with a good photograph of each plant suggested.

With this guide any shady border can be cheered and brightened immeasurably.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book wth great ideas 7 Aug 2011
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This little book is very informative and useful. Most of the plants suggested are low maintenance and will add interest and color to a shady area.

For all of the 101 suggested plants you will find:
- full-page colourful picture
- common name and latin name
- time to plant and how to care for your plant
- plant type: bulb, perennial or shrub
- size: heigth and spread
- tips (regarding planting combinations, how to rejuvenate plants, extend flowering period and so on)
- suggestions for spring/summer/autumn/winter/all year round/walls/ground cover

The only information I found missing was regarding hardiness. But I don't think this is a deal breaker. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Nena
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OKish little book with a good number of shade loving plants.... But far too basic for my liking!
There is no information on how easy or difficult is to grow the plant, how hardy it is, if it need winter protection, neither info if the plant is annual, evergreen!!?!? Things that as a non expert gardener I need to know!
I need to check missing information in other books and scribble notes all around the book.
There only one picture per plant. Normally the flowers are displayed, sometimes does no give you an idea how the plant looks like. But I have to admit the pictures in the book do look very nice, and they have inspired a few planting ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Troublesome' shady spot? Done. 29 Jan 2012
I had a 'troublesome' shady spot at the top of my garden. So I went to the library, and got this book out. Jotted down the names of the plants I required (shrubs, climbers, and ground-cover, in this instance).

I then took the list to my local garden centre, and the big man there sez 'they'll all be in by the end of March'.

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