An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials

An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials

Book - 2002
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Workman Press.
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.

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.

Baker & Taylor
An encyclopedic reference on shade perennials provides information on more than 7,000 species and cultivars in 184 genera, including practical growing tips and chapters on soils, watering, fertilizing, and types of shade.

Book News
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) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. ; Cambridge : Timber, 2002
ISBN: 9780881925494
Branch Call Number: 635.932 SCHMI
Characteristics: 500 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 28 cm


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