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Ken Druse's Natural Garden Guides:
Award-winning gardening expert Ken Druse offers a personal selection of 80 ideal plants for the natural gardener, drawn from his best-selling classic The Natural Shade Garden.
This companion guide is illustrated throughout with 130 of Druse's spectacular color photo-graphs. All-new descriptions discuss the origins of each plant, supply the pronunciation of their Latin names, and offer information on their ultimate size, time of bloom, light and soil requirements, cold hardiness, and special interest, such as colorful berries or butterfly attraction.
Here, too, is indispensable advice for using these plants with companions to create striking designs. Each section has an original introduction presenting valuable techniques for making your own natural garden. An appendix gives mail-order sources.
In 80 Great Natural Shade Garden Plants Ken Druse selects the best plants for natural gardening in the shade: Ornamental Shrubs ¸ Perennials for Flowers ¸ Perennials for Foliage ¸ Ground Covers and Vines ¸ The Best Hostas ¸ The Best Ferns
andldquo;Druseandrsquo;s words, offered in the tone of a neighbor happy to advise, make this book worth more than mere coffee-table topping.andrdquo;
There is a new generation of gardeners who are planting gardens not only for their visual beauty but also for their ability to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In The New Shade Garden
, Ken Druse provides this generation with a comprehensive guide to creating a shade garden with an emphasis on the adjustments necessary for our changing climate. Druse o ffers advice for common problems facing todayandrsquo;s gardeners, from addressing the deer situation to watering plants without stressing limited resources. Detailing all aspects of the gardening process, the book covers basic topics such as designing your own garden, pruning trees, preparing soil for planting, and the vast array of flowers and greenery that grow best in the shade. Perfect for new and seasoned gardeners alike, this wide-ranging encyclopedic manual provides all the information you need to start or improve upon your own shade garden.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 269) and index.
About the Author
Ken Druse is an internationally renowned author and gardening expert, an award-winning photographer, and the acknowledged founder of the American natural gardening movement. He has been the gardening editor at House Beautiful magazine since 1979, and for three years he was a guest presenter on The Victory Garden. He has won three Quill & Trowel awards (from the Garden Writers Association of America) for Best Writing, Best Photography, and Best Overall Product for The Natural Garden and The Natural Habitat Garden. He lives and gardens in New Jersey.