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1.0 out of 5 stars Blind alleys and dead ends, 29 July 2012
This review is from: RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers (Hardcover)
The best way to explain my one star rating is by example.

I have a shady spot where I would like to plant something and reach for the RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers. I go to the contents page which has no mention of shady spots. I stab a guess that the Plant Selector might be the right place so I turn to page 31 and it reassuringly tells me that the Plant Selector 'lists suggested plants that are suitable for growing in a range of situations'. The Plant Selector itself has no contents page so I leaf through until I come to a section on climbers and shrubs for shady walls. The first thing on the list is Azara Microphylia and I am directed to page 118. I find Azara Microphylia and there is the 'grows best in full sunshine' symbol.

Allowing that we are all human, plant cataloguing must be a complicated business and this was probably an isolated error, I return to the Plant Selector and leaf through until I find the section on ground cover plans for the shade. This time, I go for Acanthus Spinosus on page 239 and I am again presented with the 'grow in full sunshine' symbol. Call me impatient but I began to feel a bit miffed.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2013 07:53:14 BDT
Steck says:
In my opinion there's no obvious contradiction. The symbol "grows best in full sunshine" doesn't mean that a plant can't grow successfully in the shade.
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