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Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden That Lightens Up the Shadows Paperback – 24 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (24 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579549675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579549671
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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BooklistMay 1, 2005 Gardeners 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 speci

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

Gardeners 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 "Booklist "

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 bright and beautiful. Most helpful is Hodgson's chapter on how to cope with problems like root competition from trees, growing plants in dry or moist shade, and what to do when your neighbor or a storm knocks down the tree that is your shade source. Along with George Schenk's The Complete Shade Gardener, this is an excellent addition for public libraries.--Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence "Library Journal "

Gardeners 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, "Booklist"

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 bright and beautiful. Most helpful is Hodgson's chapter on how to cope with problems like root competition from trees, growing plants in dry or moist shade, and what to do when your neighbor or a storm knocks down the tree that is your shade source. Along with George Schenk's The Complete Shade Gardener, this is an excellent addition for public libraries. Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence, "Library Journal""

Gardeners 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, Booklist

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 bright and beautiful. Most helpful is Hodgson's chapter on how to cope with problems like root competition from trees, growing plants in dry or moist shade, and what to do when your neighbor or a storm knocks down the tree that is your shade source. Along with George Schenk's The Complete Shade Gardener, this is an excellent addition for public libraries. Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence, Library Journal

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About the Author

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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By Jeff Walmsley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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 Making most of Shade 17 Oct. 2015
By Gaely - Published on Amazon.com
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I have spent two years now creating a shade garden in a natural shade area in the front of our house. I have tried a bit of this & that but without much of a plan. This helped tremendously in figuring out what looks well together, types of plants, how to compliment one plant with a different one, or showcase a patch of color & sizes. Only drawback I found (I think) is I live in the no man's land of Zone 5 Michigan where it is hard to find an abundance of plants that can winter zone 5 unpredictability. And I would have liked a few more Zone 5 plants. But great book to design and build on for a shade garden.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mom LOVED her gift! 24 May 2017
By phunkyvida - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this as a gift for my Mother in Law for Christmas. She's from Upstate New York originally but recently bought a house in North Florida. She is an avid gardener but was having trouble figuring out what plant's would do well in a densely shaded yard (due to LARGE trees). Well she loves this book, and is really excited to plant her garden! She even told me that this book has taken residence on her bedside table!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute necessity for anyone with a shade garden 23 July 2011
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I found this book soon after it was published and as I was just beginning to plan my shade garden. I bought several books, including George Schenk's "The Complete Shade Gardener" and Ken Druse's "The Natural Shade Garden". All three belong in any shade gardener's library. Hodge's book, however, is the most useful, because it provides a great deal of information on the primary plants used in most shade gardens as well as many rarer plants. Its pictures, discussions of the various cultivars, and very complete information make it a necessity for any shade gardener. Its discussions on landscape design are also very useful, but perhaps not as unique or complete as the plant descriptions. (Druse's book is therefore a good compliment, although I have yet to find a great beginners reference on that topic. Scehk's book discusses even more plants, but in less detail and is a bit outdated. I find Schenk's book more useful now that I am looking for rarer plants, but its spacity of pictures makes it hard for beginners.)

Two years ago I had become an addicted gardener and began working part time in a plant nursery. I have learned a great deal more on the job and regulary advise new and experienced gardeners. I regularly recommend this book to those just getting started or anxious to find new plants. Even now, however, I find myself going back to this book for new information or to refresh my knowledge. I, of course, now have access to even more references, including the illustrated wholesale catalogs of many plant suppliers. Nevertheless, this book remains the most useful and my favorite.

My only complaint? It needs a hardback version. I have now almost worn out my second copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book for the beginner shade gardener 22 July 2007
By J. Stander - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who lives in an urban area I had little choice in the amount of shade in my garden. I've found Hodgson's book to be an exciting read with lots of inspiring photos, plans, and useful tidbits. I did have a few disappointments with this book but they were pretty minor.

The small, close-up photos in the plant index are great for showing detail, but are not so great at giving the reader an idea of what the whole plant looks like, how it sits, whether it is compact or expansive, etc. As a beginning gardener I had to look elsewhere for more "in context" photos of the plants.

A chapter on shrubs for shade would also have been helpful.

These gripes aside, I've found this book to be a great help in designing my urban shade garden and would recommend to any beginner gardener looking for inspiration.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Jun. 2017
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Just as advertised. Early arrival.
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