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Taylor's Guide to Shade Gardening: More Than 350 Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers That Thrive Under Difficult Conditions, Illustrated with Color Photographs and Detailed Drawings (Taylor's Guides) Vinyl Bound – March 10, 1994
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Although the plants are listed alphabetically for the cultural requirements, the pictures are listed by groups: trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, summer bulbs, ground covers, vines, grasses, and ferns. I would recommend that people using the book for plant selection read the "Encyclopedia of Plants" part as well as the brief but good descriptions with the color pictures.
Keep in mind too that the flowering times are primarily for New England (zone 5). Furthur South you may get earlier and more flowers. For example, Ceratostigma is listed as an Autumn bloomer, while in PA, it blooms from July through October. So you get more than the book suggests. Not bad. Anyone with shade should experiment with the plants in this book. As a gardening professional, I see so many great and underused plants listed and described in this book.
Content looks good and I hope to find it useful as we tackle the northern side of our property, which only gets about 1 hour of sun a day.
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Wonderful reference book. Great colored pictures that get one going in the right direction towards plants that work well in one's garden.Published 8 months ago by corey
This is an excellent guide when wanting to decide what plants or shrubs are suitable for growing in shady or partly shady areas. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jerry Guild
Classic, thorough guide to what will grow well in shady areas of the garden.Published 16 months ago by R. Wereley
I would recommend this book to everyone interested in gardening in the shade. The information is invaluable and the photos are fantastic. Will forever remain in my library.Published on April 28, 2014 by Aggie
This wonderful little book (thick, but only 4.27” wide) is an absolute necessity for anyone who wishes to do some gardening in a shady area. Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
I have significant shade and I'm constantly looking for plant ideas. This is a great reference as well as good detailed info on the plant.Published on March 2, 2014 by Richard The Vette Man