Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (March 1, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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I have a lot of shade and have tried for five years to select plants here and there to liven it up. I've read every article and book in the library or bookstore I could get my hands on for help. I found some good ones but this book is a very practical guide. It's to the point - I don't need an encyclopedia - just some guidance- and this covers the key points very well. My favorite part is the "pairs well with" section. This has helped me design mixed beds and borders that are starting to look awesome! I highly recommend this book!
I find this book, Southern Shade and its companion, Southern Sun, to be excellent resources for the Southern gardener. Both books provide many plant options - some that perhaps you haven't thought of - which are beautifully photographed. The books are laid out in a way that makes them easy to read and access. I would recommend investing in both so that you have a complete outdoor gardening guide - they make great gifts, too!
As a shade loving gardener, I found this book delightful. Not only is it very specific, but it is fun to browse through. It's always a challenge to find something new to grow in shade, but Jo does a great job of giving the details. I especially liked the "getting acquainted" part of each plant guide. It helped with overview and selection.
I checked this book out of our library and have added it to my Wish List here. It's a valuable resource for southern gardeners with shade. I even learned that blue hosta do not fare as well as the green and gold varieties in our climate and heat which explains why the Elegans I planted last year wilted and parched. I found her articles on various shade perennials, annuals and shrubs very helpful as I try to landscape our creek and goldfish pond area which are shaded by deciduous trees.
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