Award-winning garden photographer and writer Ken Druse, author of The Natural Garden, covers every aspect of gardening in the shade. He creates gardens that not only survive with little direct sunlight--four hours or less--but that thrive. The book covers all types of shade (wet or dry, partial or dense) and explains how to make the most of shady ...
Award-winning garden photographer and writer Ken Druse, author of The Natural Garden, covers every aspect of gardening in the shade. He creates gardens that not only survive with little direct sunlight--four hours or less--but that thrive. The book covers all types of shade (wet or dry, partial or dense) and explains how to make the most of shady areas. 420 full-color photographs.
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-03-23 While the idea of shade gardening has cropped up from time to time in garden manuals, Druse ( The Natural Garden ) effectively defines a new American horticultural aesthetic with this enthusiastic volume. He brings clear, engaging writing and gorgeous color photographs (his own) to bear on just about every category of plant and terrain relevant to his subject, and explores the fine differences between ``partial shade,'' ``light shade,'' ``dappled shade'' and ``deep shade'' with an appetite that will hearten any gardener whose plot has a tree or a tall building nearby. Druse encourages American gardeners to ``live with shade,'' cultivating native plants that are naturally adapted to shady habitats, augmented by choice species from around the world or hybrids that blend in. He begins with a general discussion of natural shade habitats and shade plant features, and goes on to cover the use of containers, water and other special elements appropriate for shade gardens. The book is especially helpful for its photo essay on exemplary American shade gardens, for its state-by-state list of gardens to visit, for its suggested reading list and for its extensive plant, seed and book source listings. The Natural Shade Garden may very well be the definitive work in the area of shade gardening, which will become increasingly important as Americans seek to grow plant species in their natural habitats even as these are transformed by development. It should be welcome to gardeners in the cities, suburbs and the country alike. Druse's own beautiful plot near downtown Brooklyn, N . Y . , is featured throughout. (Mar . )
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