- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Timber Press (April 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604696818
- ISBN-13: 978-1604696813
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden Paperback – April 19, 2017
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“For anyone planning a shade garden, this book is a must. It will inspire you to start digging.” —Holly Shimizu, former executive director, U.S. Botanic Garden
“Jenny Rose Carey simplifies the complexities of shade. This beautifully illustrated book glorifies the picturesqueness of green, while giving practical advice on bringing color to dark areas.” —Bill Thomas, executive director of Chanticleer, author of The Art of Gardening
“Approachable, well-illustrated, thorough guide to shade planting. . . . especially recommended for collections lacking shade-gardening titles.” —Booklist
“An excellent reference for gardeners working with shaded areas who are looking for inspiration.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk
“A practical guide to maintaining a shade garden with a useful calendar of seasonal tasks, plant directory and inspiring design ideas.” —Gardens Illustrated
“As much as Glorious Shade strives to help the amateur gardener, the text is also a professional botanist's primer on how to talk about plants to a lay audience and have them listen.” —Choice
“This handsome book enhances understanding of shadow play and guides readers through the process of making shady places sing.” —Country Gardens
“A stand out. . . . can’t think of a better volume of shade gardening that’s as useful.” —Garden Design Online
“Shade is glorious, and this book helps to make it possible for every garden and gardener.” —The Reading Eagle
“Well researched and packed with valuable information. . . . this is a book that shows you that shade can indeed be glorious.” —Three Dogs in a Garden
“Beautiful and instructional. . . . comprehensive. . . . one of the best.” —The Recorder
“In every chapter, the author’s voice comes through as passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring. It is as if Carey is speaking to the reader one-on-one.” —Pocono Record
“Jenny Rose Carey’s book is worth buying just for her excellent photographs of gardens, which offer details and inspiration for where shade-loving plants would be able to thrive. . . . Glorious Shade should galvanize you into identifying more places in your garden to grow a wider selection of these beautiful plants.” —Alpine Garden Society Journal
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There is a section about soil and roots. I so agree with Jenny Rose Carey on the importance of adding organic matter to encourage root growth and promote healthy plants -- a great way to improve soil structure. She gives clear directions for making 'fabulous, friable, or crumbly leaf mold.' She explains the purpose of roots, reinforcing the importance of avoiding the application of high rates of fertilizer around trees in order to maintain a healthy relationship between microscopic fungi and roots. I learned some tips, such as building a tree pit to avoid smothering roots when I change the soil level with each new lasagna garden that I make.
Jenny Rose Carey gives very inspirational descriptions of several design styles in her section called 'Designing in the Shadows: Bright Ideas for Shady Spaces.' She discusses woodland gardens, moss gardens, Japanese- or Chinese-inspired gardens, rock gardens, xeric gardens, tropical gardens, water gardens, walled or courtyard gardens, container gardens, and orchard gardens. Whew! In this section she also talks about designing with paths and includes gardens that attract wildlife. My personal favorite is about designing areas for children and I love the whimsical teapot water feature she added to her own garden.
There is a gardener's calendar in one chapter and numerous techniques and maintenance tips in another. The gardener's calendar describes the garden through the year with tasks for each season. The maintenance chapter gives an in-depth guide to taking care of your shade garden. The final chapter tells you how to choose plants that thrive in the shade. Jenny Rose Carey describes 200 genera of plants with photographs for each genus. They are stunning.
I love the 'substantial' feel of this volume with its glossy pages that are loaded with colorful illustrations. In this review I touch upon only a small fraction of the valuable information that the book contains. In every chapter, the author's voice comes through as passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring. It is as if Jenny Rose is speaking to the reader one-on-one. This is a perfect book for anyone who gardens in the shade.
This book is full of useful information about shade plants - it offers info on a huge variety of plants (trees, shrubs, flowers, color and leaf-shape varieties) with lots of excellent color photos. It also provides good amount of information about gardening successfully in shade areas.