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Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden That Lightens Up the Shadows [Paperback]

Larry Hodgson
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24 Jun 2005
A practical introduction to the art of shade gardening explains how to design and maintain a beautiful and flourishing shade garden, describing nearly three hundred perennials, annuals, bulbs, ferns, ornamental grasses, and climbing plants that will thrive without direct sunlight and featuring expert designs for five different types of shaded garde

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (24 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579549675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579549671
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BooklistMay 1, 2005Gardeners who weed, plant, and prune under the sun's beneficial rays may think they have it "made in the shade" when it comes to horticultural variety, but there's a downside to all that versatility, according to Hodgson. Those who garden, figuratively speaking, where the sun don't shine, have less weeds, watering, and other bothersome maintenance than their full-sun compatriots. Sharing his considerable expertise throughout this comprehensive guide, Hodgson entertainingly educates both novice and seasoned gardeners about the myriad merits of shade gardening. From cultural considerations to design decisions, Hodgson covers those relevant topics necessary to transform dark garden corners into radiant exhibitions of texture and color. Hundreds of popular and lesser-known perennials, annuals, bulbs, vines, and grasses are profiled in-depth, their inclusion based on decades of Hodgson's personal and professional experience. With informative special features, helpful at-a-glance tips, and lots of color photographs, Hodgson's enlightening guide is a ray of sunshine for shade gardeners. -"Carol Haggas""""Library Journal" - June 1""Shade-a welcome retreat for gardeners who want to escape the heat on a hot day or a curse for those who want to grow lots of colorful flowers? Hodgson (Perennials for Every Purpose) here discusses varying degrees of shade and their advantages and disadvantages, revealing that plenty of shade does not exclude one from having a lush and beautiful garden. For gardeners who want more shade, he offers detailed lists of the top shade trees and shrubs; the book's second half features nearly 300 shade-loving plants (perennials, annuals, climbing vines, and more), plus detailed information on growing, top performers and varieties, and problem solving. Design tips on how to combine colors and textures as well as a presentation of five garden plans in various themes (Japanese, Victorian, Native, Textured, and Annual) keep gardens looking

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS THEY COME... 31 Aug 2010
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If you are a British gardner, and wish to buy only one book on woodland gardening, you will want to choose Karan Junker's modern English classic Gardening with Woodlands Plants; Larry's book is an American equivalent, but if you are a collector of gardening books, or simply want another slant, you will want to buy this one, too, even though it mentions only 200 plants (each one illustrated), compared to Karan Junker's 2,000.

It is written breezily, is easy and enjoyable to read, whilst displaying the specialised, in-depth, hands-on, horticultural expertise which gives the reader confidence, and I found here one or two ingenious tips on dealing with the woodland environment that I have never seen elsewhere or thought of myself in 40 years of daily woodland gardening. Every plant gets two full pages, and the selection is excellent. The author's experience is in a part of the USA which routinely suffers far worse winters than we normally do, and if you followed the advice herein, you could not fail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 2 Aug 2010
By Bellb
If you have a shady garden this is the book for you. The information is clear and easy to read with lots of plants suggested for a variety of shade levels. There is good information about planting under trees and some handy hints on how to establish new/young plants in these difficult areas. I would recommend this book to anyone who has struggled to establish a garden with a lot of shade this will transform the space.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Shade Book Ever 19 Mar 2010
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I borrowed this book from the local library. After reading it I was so impressed with the author's way of giving advice, it is very informative and even amusing at times. I just had to own it for the great help and information on the Shady areas of my garden. As a reference book it is going to be invaluable to me. More power to your elbow Larry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book...... 11 Dec 2005
By Dianne Foster - Published on Amazon.com
MAKING THE MOST OF SHADE, Larry Hodgson offers hundreds of ideas about working with the trees you now have or actually creating shade. My all-time favorite book on shade gardening has been George Shenk's classic as it was he who first pointed out the virtues and sins of various trees and bushes regarding their roots and foliage, but one of the criticisms I have of Shenk's book is the dearth of color illustrations. Hodgson's book more than makes up for this shortcoming, and he adds enough text about each possible entry to actually inform the user. I have been shade gardening for some years now, and am in the position to say...yes, that works for me, or no, that is not something I can do.

For example, I tried Tiarella (Allegheny foamflower) a few years ago and failed probably owing to its sensitivity to the heat and light in my yard (as it's name implies this denizon of the forests prefers something other than the hot Virginia sun in July. Well, Hodgson says there are plenty of hybrid Tiarella plants "pushing" the original into the background". So even though I am careful about invasive vegetation and try to plant native or local fauna where possible, I will probably try the `Eco Running Tapestry' but only after I check with the local VA extension service. Those creeping stems in the new hybrids may not be the best thing in my garden, and Hodgson says the `Wherry' foamflower is a "natural that doesn't produce creeping stems" so I may try that again, now that I am a more experienced gardener and understand the value of mulching annually with leaf compost. I have Creeping Woodruff (Galium odoratum) coming out of my ears leaving few places to plant Tiarella. The Gallium is a wonderful carpet that dies back along August and smells like sweet bedstraw (its common name), so I am not likely to remove it. In the spring it mixes well with Solomon's Seal or "fairy bells" (Polygonatum), Astilbe, Hellebore, and bulbs. In early summer, the Hosta lillies look swell with the Galium.

I like this book very much, and it just might replace Shenk's book in my affections, although it never pays to own only one book on shade gardening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made in the shade 30 Sep 2005
By Phillip O. - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book for anyone who has a lot of shade and don't know what to do with it or for those who are wanting shade! For those who already have shade, the author shows how you can have a fabulous garden using a variety of plants that provide dramatic leaf structure and some that even flower. Of course not all shade is the same and the various types of shade are explained. Some typical problems concerning shade gardening, such as dry shade or excessive moist shade, is discussed as well. Over 300 plants are profiled individually in the last half of the book. For gardeners who want more shade, a list of shade trees and shrubs is provided. Most helpful is a section of shade garden designs based on various themes (Victorian, Japanese, Native, etc.).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, like all by Hodgson... 3 Nov 2006
By Elizabeth Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
I borrowed this book from the library, and found myself quoting from it so often at work (at a perennial nursery), that I've decided to buy it. What's more, I'm getting it not only for myself, but also for a friend and for my boss, who's very interested as she sells a lot of shade plants and has also just created a new shade garden.

I liked much about this book, especially the information on plant hardiness. Hodgson gardens in Canada in zone 3, but has much snow cover, and many plants thought not to be hardy that far north, are hardy for him. This matches my own experience.

Also, the information on how to establish plants in the root zone of large trees is excellent! As is the information on which trees make "good" partners for a shade garden.

Hodgson does not hesitate to recommend certain plants as "top performers".

Altogether a first rate book, useful to the novice and experienced alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!! 5 April 2007
By S. Buckman - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best book I ever bought. I'm a shade lover, due to easy care and most of all...hostas. Until I read Larrys comments on shade, I thought I was the only one who wished my entire yard was shade, and that I may be a lazy gardener. Not anymore! This book is packed full of great ideas for shade gardens, and lots of tips. Theres also plants biographies of those that do well in shade, and he continually reminds you that many "sun" plants do well in light shade. I enjoyed the section on starting a new garden from scratch. His sense of humor is great and its easy to read and well organized. This is a MUST HAVE for those that enjoy shade gardening, and for those who think shade is their enemy. You'll have a new respect for shade after reading this book.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basic reference book. 12 Feb 2007
By Wordsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Hodgson understands every beginner shade gardener or anyone whose property has the blessing of mature trees. He encourages a form of gardening that many consider a formidable challenge. I am not sure what I would have done without this book. The pictures, the text, and the information really makes this book a must-have for all.
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