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					Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow
a Fabulous Garden that Lightens up the Shadows review




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   Product Description-Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan,
Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens up the Shadows
  A gorgeous celebration of the shade garden--featuring nearly 300 perennials, annuals, bulbs, ferns, ornamental grasses, and
climbing plants that will thrive without direct sunlightA shaded garden can be a soothing sanctuary that even the most dedicated
  sun worshipper can welcome on a hot summer day. But how do you get plants to grow in a spot where trees and shrubs hide
 the sun? In this stunning volume, garden expert Larry Hodgson shows how to create a lush and lovely garden filled with plants
         that will flourish in the shade.The first part covers the basics of shade gardening, including planning, planting, and
 problem-solving. Here readers will find out how to use shade-tolerant grasses and groundcovers for the root-filled areas under
   trees; discover solutions for dry shade and heavy needle and leaf drop; and learn what to do if a tree should fall and a shade
garden is suddenly thrust back in the sun. The second part is devoted to an encyclopedia of shade-loving plants.Complete with
    expert designs for five different kinds of shaded gardens, Making the Most of Shade is a splendid new gardening title by the
     popular author of Perennials for Every Purpose, which Susan McClure, author of Easy-Care Perennial Gardens, called "a
 treasure . . . the next best thing to having a friendly expert whispering in your ear as you plan, plant, and perfect your perennial
                                                                  garden."



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Customer Reviews:
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful Made in the shade, September 30, 2005 By W. Oliver (Alabama)
      This review is from: Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens up the
Shadows (Paperback) This is a great book for anyone who has a lot of shade and don't know what to do with it or for those who
are wanting shade! For those who already have shade, the author shows how you can have a fabulous garden using a variety
of plants that provide dramatic leaf structure and some that even flower. Of course not all shade is the same and the various
types of shade are explained. Some typical problems concerning shade gardening, such as dry shade or excessive moist
shade, is discussed as well. Over 300 plants are profiled individually in the last half of the book. For gardeners who want more
shade, a list of shade trees and shrubs is provided. Most helpful is a section of shade garden designs based on various themes
(Victorian, Japanese, Native, etc.).
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful

Excellent book......, December 11, 2005 By Dianne Foster "Di" (USA)
  This review is from: Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens up the
Shadows (Paperback) MAKING THE MOST OF SHADE, Larry Hodgson offers hundreds of ideas about working with the trees
you now have or actually creating shade. My all-time favorite book on shade gardening has been George Shenk's classic as it
was he who first pointed out the virtues and sins of various trees and bushes regarding their roots and foliage, but one of the
criticisms I have of Shenk's book is the dearth of color illustrations. Hodgson's book more than makes up for this shortcoming,
and he adds enough text about each possible entry to actually inform the user. I have been shade gardening for some years
now, and am in the position to say...yes, that works for me, or no, that is not something I can do.For example, I tried Tiarella
(Allegheny foamflower) a few years ago and failed probably owing to its sensitivity to the heat and light in my yard (as it's name
implies this denizon of the forests prefers something other than the hot Virginia sun in July. Well, Hodgson says there are...



27 of 27 people found the following review helpful

A wonderful book, like all by Hodgson..., November 3, 2006 By Elizabeth Bennett "Canadiana" (Southeast Michigan)
This review is from: Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens up the Shadows
(Paperback) I borrowed this book from the library, and found myself quoting from it so often at work (at a perennial nursery), that
I've decided to buy it. What's more, I'm getting it not only for myself, but also for a friend and for my boss, who's very interested
as she sells a lot of shade plants and has also just created a new shade garden.I liked much about this book, especially the
information on plant hardiness. Hodgson gardens in Canada in zone 3, but has much snow cover, and many plants thought not
to be hardy that far north, are hardy for him. This matches my own experience.Also, the information on how to establish plants in
the root zone of large trees is excellent! As is the information on which trees make "good" partners for a shade garden.Hodgson
does not hesitate to recommend certain plants as "top performers".Altogether a first rate book, useful to the novice and
experienced alike.

				
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