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An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennialsby Wolfram George Schmid
Synopses & Reviews
Finding an array of unique and diverse plants for shade might seem like a daunting task, with limited options available to the gardener. Shade perennial expert W. George Schmid dispels this perception in his new encyclopedia. This companionable reference provides information on more than 7000 species and cultivars in 184 genera, from Acanthus to Woodwardia — some new to horticulture, others unjustly overlooked, but all beautifully suited to the shade garden.
Schmid has behind him a half century of practical gardening experience, horticultural education, and extensive travel observing shade perennials in their native habitats; readers are therefore treated to both useful growing tips and his personal associations with the plants. The expert text is rounded out with 500 stunning color photographs, many taken by the author himself.
Book News Annotation:
This American Horticultural Society Book Award winner offers guidance for meeting the challenges of shady gardens, and plant choices from acanthus to woodwardia. Includes some 100 pages of glossy color photographs, plant sources, and the USDA hardiness zone map. Schmid, who aptly gardens at Hosta Hill in Georgia, is the author of The genus hosta (Timber Press, 1991). Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Finding an array of unique and diverse plants suited for shade might be perceived as a cumbersome task with limited options available. Author and shade perennial expert, W. George Schmid, dispels this myth in this encyclopedia - a reference providing information on nearly 8000 species.
If you thought a shade garden was limited to ferns and hostas, this book might even lead you to desire more shade to grow the 7000 species and cultivars in 184 genera, some new to horticulture, others unjustly overlooked.
This encyclopedia provides information on more than 7000 species and cultivars in 184 genera, from "Acanthus to "Woodwardia--some new to horticulture, others unjustly overlooked, but all beautifully suited to the shade garden. The text is rounded out with 500 color photographs, many taken by the author himself.
About the Author
W. George Schmid studied botany, horticulture, and landscape architecture at the University of Munich. An avid gardener of shade plants, he is author of The Genus Hosta and the award-winning An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials. George gardens at Hosta Hill in northern Georgia.
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