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Shade: Planting Solutions For Shady Gardens

Every garden has some shade—some gardens are even completely shaded—and gardeners tend to see shade as a problem. Questions about what to plant in shady parts of the garden are among the most frequest posed in gardening magazines, radio phone-ins, and online discussions. In this innovative book, award-winning gardening expert Keith Wiley turns all the familiar preconceptions on their heads by presenting garden shade in a positive light.Wiley first discusses shade—from dappled and partial to full and dense—in different situations and in every size and type of garden. He then considers the characteristics of shade-loving plants, showing how to use them with companions to create striking designs. He also looks at the practicalities of preparing, planting, and maintaining a shade garden.Complete with a directory of shade-loving plants, Shade shows you how to turn shady areas into highlights in your garden.

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Timber Press (December 6, 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 088192895X

ISBN-13: 978-0881928952

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Almost every gardener in every horticultural zone must deal with the problems and possibilities of growing plants under shade or semi-shade conditions. "Shade: Ideas And Inspirations For Shady Gardens" by horticulturist and garden designer Keith Wiley provides a profusely illustrated compilation of shade tolerant plants and gardening ideas that can transform any shaded garden into a visual paradise of flourishing plant life. "Shade" covers the full spectrum of garden shade conditions from dappled to partial to full shading in every size of garden plot. All of the characteristics of shade loving plants are addressed, along with how to use them with companions to create striking designs. Also addressed are the practicalities of preparing, planting and maintaining a shade garden. Enhanced with a directory of shad-loving plants, and drawing upon his many years of experience and expertise, Keith Wiley's "Shade" is a complete and comprehensive single volume reference that is as 'user friendly' as it is innovative and inspiring. No personal, horticultural department, plant nursery, or community library Gardening Reference collection should be without a copy of Keith Wiley's "Shade"!

This book has tons of amazing photographs, but doesn't follow through in my book. I wanted more information, and ideas that were not just illustrated. I have tons of shade in my garden, but I don't think the average gardener could just look at these pictures, and know how to replicate them in their gardens. Great for the coffee table.

When you have trees there is so much you can do to create mid level environments for wild life. I personally try to use as many native species as possible because our creatures have evolved to live with them. Great book!!!

It's an ok book, has lots of nice pictures but I don't like it as well as the BHG book on Shade gardening

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