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Ask any gardener which part of the garden is a problem and they will almost always say 'that shady spot over there'. With this book, the problem is solved in 101 ways.

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.
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on 17 March 2013
OKish little book with a good number of shade loving plants.... But far too basic for my liking!
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.
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on 7 August 2011
This little book is very informative and useful. Most of the plants suggested are low maintenance and will add interest and color to a shady area.

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.
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on 2 June 2013
reactions to all three of these little books is the same.Nothing really new in them and quickly discarded.Open to new ideas but didn't find any.Will be welcome additions to surgery waiting room to replace tired magazines
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on 29 January 2012
I had a 'troublesome' shady spot at the top of my garden. So I went to the library, and got this book out. Jotted down the names of the plants I required (shrubs, climbers, and ground-cover, in this instance).

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'.

Sweet.
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on 19 October 2012
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. Thoroughly recommend.
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on 12 June 2011
This is a very handy little book - pops into the pocket. Very informative in an easy but informative way. Like it very much.
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on 5 November 2014
Excellent book on this subject which can be quite diffcult. Recomended.
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on 18 May 2015
arrived as promised, good clear book with lots of information
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on 8 June 2016
Interesting read
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