Gardeners' World: 101 Shade-loving Plants: Ideas to Light Up Shadows (Gardeners' World Magazine 101) Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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"The perfect gift for the home gardener and landscaping enthusiast." (Sacramento Book Review)
An essential title from the Gardeners' World Magazine 101 series - even the darkest gardens can be brightened with these striking plants that love shady areasSee all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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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Excellent book on this subject which can be quite diffcult. Recomended.Published 20 months ago by hortus ink
Although I am an avid gardener, I wanted some new ideas and inspiration for a problem area. This book is excellent, lots of helpful information with colour photos. Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2012 by Donna