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The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening Paperback – May 6, 2014
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“Gardens―and gardeners―are rooted in place, so it’s a good idea to let people know where you’re coming from when you offer advice. Amy Ziffer’s The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening puts it right out front. Hers is no one-size-fits-all tome, but a friendly and informative guide for gardeners who deal with trees, deer and unpredictable weather of the northeast. Practical, detailed and realistic, Ziffer engagingly conveys the challenges and rewards garnered from years of hands-on gardening and close observation. Her depth of experience and conversational tone make this book the next best thing to being in the garden with her.” (Karen Bussolini, garden writer, speaker, and eco-friendly garden coach)
“If you are tired of watching your lawn fade in the shady areas of your property, or have decided to fill those bare spots under your oak with beautiful perennials, Amy Ziffer can help. In her timely new book, the Shady Lady challenges a common misconception in gardening: that there are very few perennials that thrive in the shade. For gardeners seeking a nondestructive compromise between all native landscapes and those decorated only with exotic ornamentals, The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening is a must read.” (Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in our Gardens)
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The focus of the book is, of course, shade gardens. As such, the plant section is divided by deep shade and light shade. And then from there broken down in order: backbone plants, accent plants, spring ephemerals, bulbs, ferns for border use, and ferns best for naturalizing. This is very different from so many books that just list the plants alphabetically by latin name.
Although there are little to no pictures for most of the description areas, each of the plants in the plant section has a picture for easier identification. Each entry has zone info, latin name, common name, and thorough information that a gardener needs to know about the plant (tips, tricks, problems, benefits, etc.).
The last 20 pages include resource info such as plants that are native to North America, plants by USDA zone, plants that grow well in both shade and sun, moist area plants, plants for rock gardens, groundcovers, and places to go for more information.
This is definitely a 5 star book. And yet, I hope in future editions there will be shade garden examples for inspiration. The book is sorely lacking in images that show the plants together, garden plan examples, and the artistic side of gardening.
Reviewed from an ARC.
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I'm learning a lot partially due to the NE being new to me as is many of it's shade plants.Published 3 months ago by CH
Gave as a gift to someone who has a shady yard and she found it helpful.Published 10 months ago by MBG
Very helpful to gardeners who face less than ideal growing conditions or in shady areas. Arrived promptly and well packaged.Published 12 months ago by james l. burton
Another great gardening book. This one for shady areas.Published 18 months ago by Lorraine W. Besch