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Shade: Ideas and Inspiration for Shady Gardensby Keith Wiley
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Every garden has some shade—some gardens are mostly shaded. Unfortunately, most gardeners see shade as a problem. Questions about what to plant in shady parts of the garden are among the most frequent posed in gardeners' magazines, phone-ins, and online discussions. In Shade, award-winning gardening expert Keith Wiley turns all the familiar preconceptions on their heads by presenting garden shade in a positive light, showing how you can create tapestries of color using wild woodland flowers from around the world, as well as modern varieties derived from them.
Keith Wiley first discusses shade—from dappled and partial to full and dense—in different situations and in every size and type of garden. He then considers the characteristics of shade-loving plants, showing how to use them with companions to create striking designs. He also looks att the practicalities of preparing, planting, and maintaining a shade garden.
Complete with a directory of shade-loving plants, Shade shows you how to turn shady areas into the highlights of your garden.
Book News Annotation:
This attractive volume presents design ideas and solutions for gardeners, with attention to the many different kinds of shade situations that exist, as well as the many kinds of plants to grow in them. The bulk of the book is devoted to design ideas and felicitous planting combinations. The last section contains a plant directory, which discusses the design and growing advantages of specific plants. Wiley is a London University trained horticulturalist based in England. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This useful guide will help any gardener, experienced or inexperienced, take full advantage of those sometimes tricky shady areas. The book considers shade in several different garden situations and takes an in-depth look at shade-loving plants. Also included are tips on the design and maintenance of a shade garden.
About the Author
Keith Wiley is a celebrated horticulturist and garden designer who made his name creating "audacious and dazzlingly innovative" planting schemes inspired by natural landscapes. Under his direction as head gardener, The Garden House at Buckland Monachorum in Devon, England, was the setting for what has been called "some of the most original gardening taking place in Britain." He is the author of the book On the Wild Side,as well as several articles for Gardens Illustratedand the Royal Horticultural Society's journal The Garden.He received a degree in horticulture with honors from London University and now works as a nurseryman and freelance horticultural consultant.
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