Got Shade?

Got Shade? : A "Take It Easy" Approach for Today's Gardener

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"A masterpiece, full of charm and humor." -Dr. Rebecca W. Dolan, Director, Friesner Herbarium, Butler UniversityWhether it's urban, suburban, or rural, nearly every property has some shade, if only on the north side of the house. Countless more are "blessed" with giant trees planted decades ago that screen out the sunlight. Under such conditions, you may think that it's impossible to have an interesting garden without a lot of work. Not so if you are willing to learn about the plethora of easygoing horticultural gems that don't require full sun.Most gardeners think only of impatiens and hostas for their shady areas, but shade gardening can be far more interesting, and even exciting-and you need not work too hard at it if you incorporate some lesser-known but easy-to-grow plants into your landscape. Judiciously mixing the common plants with the more unusual ones can help the busy, tired, or lazy gardener create a special and unique retreat.Carolyn Harstad, author of the best-selling Go Native!, organizes this book around the principle that an interesting shade garden is well balanced and has a variety of plantings. Early chapters focus on designing the low-maintenance garden. Further chapters discuss small trees, shrubs, dwarf conifers, vines, ground covers, ferns, grasses, perennials, woodland wildflowers, spring bulbs, and annuals (yes, there are annuals that enjoy shade!).She discusses hundreds of shade-tolerant plants hardy in Zones 4-8, suggests how they may be used and combined, and recommends methods to reduce garden maintenance-a universal concern in this fast-paced world. With its informative text, accurate drawings, and colorful photographs, this book is a "must have" for gardeners across much of North America.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 175.26 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 793.78g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 102 b&w photos, 91 color photos
  • 0253216257
  • 9780253216250

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"With its informative text, accurate drawings, and colorful photographs, this book is a 'must have' for gardeners across much of North America." -Booked Solid with Virginia C ""This is the best new book on shade since George Schenk's classic The Complete Shade Gardener."" -Fine Gardener "This is an exciting book for gardeners tired of ubiquitous hostas and ferns in shade gardens." -Library Journalshow more

About Carolyn A. Harstad

Master Gardener, nature photographer, and popular lecturer, Carolyn Harstad is a member of the Garden Writers Association of America and a Landscape Design Consultant. She lives in Minneapolis.Jean Vietor graduated from Indiana University in Fine Art. She has exhibited mostly nature paintings for 33 years. Her mediums include: watercolor, transparent acrylic, acrylic on canvas, computer art, and polymer clay art.show more

Table of contents

Preface: Using This BookAcknowledgments1. My Garden-Wild, but Civilized2. How to "Take It Easy" and Still Make it Zing!3. Garden Jewels: Small Trees for Shade4. Best Friends: Shrubs for Shade5. Good Things in Small Packages: Dwarf Conifers for Shade6. Onward and Upward: Vines for Shade7. Nature's Carpet: Ground Covers for Shade8. Softly Elegant: Ferns for Shade9. Upstanding Citizens: Grasses and Grass-Like Plants for Shade10. Indispensable Allies: Perennials for Shade11. Natural Beauty: Woodland Wildflowers for Shade12. Incredible Packaging: Spring Bulbs for Shade13. ...And the Last Shall Be First: Annuals for Shade14. Final Thoughts: Not Just for ShadeResourcesReferencesIndexshow more

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