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  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Rev Upd edition (15 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929607
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3.3 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Offers deep but readable education about the genus, with pictures to drool over."

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Diana Grenfell is co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and a life member of the American Hosta Society. With her husband, Roger Grounds, she is former co-owner of Apple Court, a British nursery specializing in hostas, daylilies, and grasses. Diana has done much to raise the profile of hostas throughout the world, broadcasting, lecturing, and writing many authoritative books and articles on the plant. Her garden in Gloucestershire is home to a National Plant Collection of miniature hostas. Michael Shadrack is a photographer with more than six thousand hosta images in his library. He is an active member of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and the American Hosta Society, and has assumed leadership roles in both organizations. Michael regularly lectures on hostas in North America and Europe, and is an avid hybridizer as well. With his wife, Kathy, he often leads tours of private gardens throughout the United Kingdom and the United States.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb, comprehensive volume covering all aspects of hosta cultivation. It starts with an informative section on hostas in their native Far Eastern habitat, and how they were originally introduced into the West in the mid 1800s. There is an extensive section on the cultivation of hostas, including conditions, type of soil they prefer etc. and frequent pests. Of course slugs and snails are the worst culprits - it was news to me that there are 25 different sorts of slugs live in the UK, but happily only 5 of these will be after your hostas as the rest are carnivores!

Following these chapters there is the most interesting part of the book from my viewpoint which is a detailed discussion on a wide variety of hostas. There are so many around - about 7500 varieties at the last count! - that it would be impossible to describe them all in one volume. However, 380 odd pages are devoted to this and the authors do include a wide and representative selection including the most popular. I could not think of any which I would expect to be included which were not here.

The descriptions are very good as they include not only detailed descriptions including size and cultivation notes, but also when and who they were introduced by. There were some surpises here as, for instance, H Fire Island which has been a very popular hosta in the last couple of years with its outstanding red stalks, was introduced as long ago as 1998 and obviously took some while to gain a following. As there are so many hostas included, they are conveniently split into chapters, eg hostas with green leaves, hostas with chartreuse and so on. There is also a welcome section on miniature and very small hostas which are now very popular.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SME on 20 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you love Hostas, then you'll love this book. The photos are great and unlike many smaller books there is a photo of every variety. There is also information on where to grow and picking the best size of Hosta for your garden.
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A good comprehensive guide to growing hostas. A good compilation of some of the numerous hostas which gives an excellent coverage of many of the varieties available. I found it somewhat American in bias but otherwise an excellent reference tool. The photographs supplied alongside the descriptions was very helpful however only shows the plants in adult form. Would have been really useful to have juvenile pictures as well.
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A comprehensive, but not overpowering, book that covers everything you need to know about growing these wonderful plants. Hostas listed by colour of leaves rather than alphabetically which makes looking up one of the 750 listed varieties a little bit harder but by no means difficult. With over 8000 varieties of Hosta don't expect to find all of them but the well known ones and the ones to look for are all in this book.
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The book is very well illustrated with good information on the different types of Hostas. It is easy to understand and seems an excellent reference book and I can see it becoming invaluable in the coming months
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