Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens up the Shadows

Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Li
Author: 
Larry Hodgson
Publisher: 
Rodale
Publication Date: 
2006
ISBN: 
1–579–54967–5

paper, 408 p., $22.95

Author Larry Hodgson, a strong enthusiast of the shade garden, expertly reports on the many attractive plants that may be grown there in this well-organized manual. Before launching into a listing of suitable plants, he dwells on the differences that varying sunlight conditions create in such an environment, and demonstrates how the gardener can best exploit a shady site through careful planning, planting, plant selection, and maintenance.

Brilliantly illustrated in full color throughout the work, the bulk of the text contains a directory of his favorite plants for shade gardens. The individual description contains a brief plant profile, as well as growing tips, problem solving, and recommended species. Hodgson’s literary style is to be admired. He shares his gardening knowledge and expert advice in a very personal way, as one gardening friend to another. This comprehensive volume is highly recommended for both experienced and novice gardeners.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
8
Number: 
5