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
— 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.
"An extensive list of perennial plants for shade, with each plant exhaustively described ... the book is of inestimatable value to gardeners in the Northwest and the cooler parts of California."—John R. Dunmire, Pacific Horticulture, Fall 2003 John R. Dunmire
"This botanical reference book covers more than 7,000 species and cultivars in 184 genera and provides the most devoted shade gardener with a wide array of interesting plants."Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener, February 2003 Michael Weishan - Country Living Gardener
"An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials is a must." Michael Weishan, Country Living Gardener, March/April 2003 Pacific Horticulture
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.
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.
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.