Synopses & Reviews
Hostas are consistently voted the gardener's favorite perennial — their clean lines, sumptuous leaves, and elegant flowers offer great potential for striking specimen plantings and also make them the most accommodating of companion plants. The core of this encyclopedia is a fully illustrated collection of the world's finest hostas. This valuable resource provides a full description and color photograph for more than 750 plants. Informative sections on hosta classification and botany, gardening ideas, advice on pests and diseases, and a quick-reference list of the best hostas for different purposes add depth to this comprehensive review of the present-day hosta.
"This illustrated collection features 750 varieties of hostas: those 'exotic, luxuriant-leafed perennials,' as HRH The Prince of Wales describes in his preface, that have spread their way into gardens and greenhouses everywhere. Originally cultivated in Japan, the hardy plants form a protruding lily-like bloom among clumps of heart-shaped leaves in a rainbow of hues from the 'Blue Clown' to the 'Gold Regal' to the slightly variegated sage and white 'Abba Irresistible.' In entries organized by color, hosta specialist Grenfell reviews the special needs and features of each, also offering advice on designing beds and containers and combating pests and diseases. Appendices include hardiness zone maps for Europe and North America, suggestions for how to use and where to see hostas, and a glossary. Shadrack's sumptuous photographs form a bright centerpiece for this comprehensive guide." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"They [the authors] have produced an authoritative guide to the hardy, sturdy plant that nearly everybody seems to have at least a few of (some have hundreds)."—Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, December 19, 2004 Horticulture
"This well-illustrated encyclopedia contains color photographs of over 750 of the finest hosta varieties. Grenfell's hostas knowledge and Shadrack's striking photographs combine to make this the definitive volume."—M.S. Muskiewicz, Choice, September 2004 Beth Botts - Chicago Tribune
"Grenfell ... has produced a worthy reference for readers on both continents."—Carol Bishop Miller, Horticulture, December 2005 Carol Bishop Miller
Hostas are the favorite perennial and this valuable resource provides a full description and color photograph for more than 750 plants. A quick-reference list of the best hostas for different purposes adds depth to this comprehensive review of the present-day hosta.
The core of this encyclopedia is a fully illustrated collection of the world's finest hostas, with a full description and color photo for each of 750 plants.
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales. This valuable resource provides a full description and colour photograph for more than 750 plants.
One of the most popular garden plants, hostas are incredibly varied, as evidenced here in 800 photographs. Fans won't want to miss the extensive information on botany and design ideas and a quick-reference list of the best hostas for different purposes.
About the Author
Michael Shadrack is a member of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and the American Hosta Society. His interest in photography has led to a library of nearly 3200 hosta images, many of which have been published in books, magazines, and catalogs. He regularly lectures on hostas in Europe and North America.Diana Grenfell, a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, is the author of The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas, The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hostas and The Gardener's Guide to Growing Daylilies. She operates the well-known nursery, Apple Court, at Lymington in Hampshire with her husband, Roger Grounds, author of The Plantfinder's Guide to Ornamental Grasses.