The lively content of this authoritative compendium offers up much more than a dry encyclopedic gathering of information... Graciously guiding budding and sophisticated green thumbs, Schmid demystifies various types of shade, thus paving the way for gardeners to make knowing plant selections... Abundant color photographs serve double duty as a useful and inspiring resource. -- Alice Joyce Booklist 20021111 This book will greatly expand your horizons to include exciting, nonnative, non-invasive, shade-tolerant species for your shade garden. A separate section of the book is an absolutely magnificent 120 pages of 500 color photographs, most taken by the author. He offers a lot of firsthand, little-known information about each plant. -- Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 20021130 I've often complained I have too much shade, but the 7,000-plus species and cultivars in 184 genera of shade plants that Schmid presents in this easy-to-read reference make that complaint irrelevant... Schmid, who has been gardening for more than half a century, includes all the information you'd expect from an encyclopedia, but also mixes in comments about his own experiences with various plants. -- Denise Cowie Philadelphia Inquirer 20021122 You'll be thrilled to discover this large tome of shady characters. The best thing about it is that the author has grown and observed just about every plant he writes about, so the information is thoroughly practical. -- Kym Pokorny Oregonian 20021212 Schmid dispels the myth that shade gardening is difficult. Cleveland Plain Dealer 20021114 Anyone with a wooded lot will find it well worth its hefty price tag. Mr. Schmid's knowledge is truly encyclopedic-and based on 30 years' experience-but his common-sense attitude will win him friends, too. -- Judy Lowe Christian Science Monitor 20021204 The book is deserving of a place in every gardener's library where, I am positive, it will be one to be referred to many times, and each time provide good information and much enjoyment. -- John E. Bryan Gardening Newsletter 20021210 Schmid, a Georgia expert on hostas and other plants, includes his experiences and enthusiasms, enriching reference information on 184 genera and 7,000 species and cultivars. -- Marty Hair Detroit Free Press 20021215 With information on more than 7,000 species and cultivars in 184 genera, this proves to be the definitive guide to plants that thrive in the challenging shade environment. Science News 20021207 Let the 500 pages of species and cultivars in An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials spice up your garden. Garden Gate 20030214 An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials is a superb definitive reference to 7,000 species and cultivars from the author's 50 years of experience. Avant Gardener 20021214 With [this book] ... the woodland gardener cannot go far wrong. -- David Wheeler Hortus 20020114 Let An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials spice up your sun-deprived areas with hundreds of diverse plant possibilities. Garden Gate 20030116 I've often complained I have too much shade, but the 7,000-plus species and cultivars in 184 genera of shade plants that Schmid presents in this easy-to-read reference make that complaint irrelevant. -- Denise Cowie Philadelphia Inquirer 20021130 What a treat! -- Ann Lovejoy Seattle Post-Intelligencer 20030116 Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials is a great buy. I am proud to have this book in my reference library. -- Duncan McAlpine BackyardGardener.com 20021122 This is for gardeners who complain they have too much shade and are tired of hostas. -- Carol Stocker Boston Globe 20030102 This is more than a well-illustrated, encyclopedic alphabetical listing of plants with necessary botanical information on height, flowering, and preferred soil conditions, for Schmid also talks about how and why to use the various plants in the garden, and he does it with a personal touch. -- Ethel Fried Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer 20021201 If you're into shade gardening, this encyclopedia is a must. Garden Hotline Newsletter 20030106 Mr. Schmid's knowledge is truly encyclopedic ... but his common-sense attitude will win him friends. -- Judy Lowe Christian Science Monitor 20021204 Schmid discusses all you need to know about soil preparation, exposure, degree of shade and hardiness--all in a readable, accessible style that steers clear of botanical language and technicalities. -- John Van de Water Newark Star-Ledger 20030126 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 20030219 Schmid provides in-depth details on topics such as soil preparation, watering and growth habits--enough information that you'll feel fairly confident you could grow pletny of the plants listed... After making it throught this tome, you'll kind of miss Schmid's company. -- Lisa Van Cleef San Francisco Chronicle 20030115 This book should be recommended therapy for gardeners who grieve that they have little sun. Read it and rejoice in the shade! Perennial Notes 20030303 A valuable addition to any shade gardener's library. -- Lucy Watson TheBookPlace.co.uk 20030303 Plenty of practical advice for the gardener. -- Kathleen Freimond Garden Wise 20030303 The expert text is rounded out with 500 stunning color photographs. American Nurseryman 20030304 This hefty book ... will propel you to your local nursery. Old Farmer's Almanac Gardener's Companion 20030306 Erudite yet eminently readable. -- Judy Glattstein Greenwich Post 20030318 Schmid has thoughtfully constructed the book with novice gardeners in mind-using plain English throughout ("heart-shaped" rather than "cordate," for example)-but has included enough detail for advanced gardeners to make the book valuable to both. -- Deanna Dority Canadian Gardening 20030424 This is an attractive book filled with easy-to-read text and practical advice. Reading this book will give gardeners hope and inspiration for shade gardening with perennials. -- January Adams American Reference Books Annual 20030327 An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials is a must. -- Michael Weishan Country Living Gardener 20030327 This is a book with something for someone at every level of gardening experience. Friends School of Minnesota 20030422 A pleasure to peruse... it holds the keys to pleasure--filled shade gardening. HortIdeas 20021223 Useful to home gardeners and professional horticulturists alike. -- Amy Wiberley E-Streams 20030423 A book you will treasure for many years. -- Marty Figley Michigan Observer and Eccentric 20030424 We often hear friends or family comment that they struggle to grow plants in the shade. The book to help guide them out of their shady woes has arrived. Michigan Gardener 20030403 While the book's size and scope are vast, the writing is warm and intimate. Gardener for the Prairies 20030616 His love and knowledge of plants is evident on every page. -- Patricia A. Taylor Trenton Times 20030720 Friendly and personal, like talking with a good friend who just happens to be a gardening genius. Juneau Public Libraries 20030917 Because this book is such a complete, authoritative work, and because of its hefty price tag, this is a book most suitable for the serious gardener. But it also could be a great resource for gardeners just beginning to learn to grow in the shade. -- Gwen Fowler Sun News 20030913 In these cash-challenged times I hesitate recommending such a costly reference. But its expansive content ... makes the book a good candidate for joint ownership and sharing. -- Helen Chesnut Victoria Times Colonist 20030322 An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials is well worth shelling out for. -- Ann Milovsoroff Pappus 20030123 This is an awesome resource. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture 20031029 A reference that will be very well-used ... a wealth of information about the individual plants. -- Nicola Green Whaley Leaf 20031029 All in all, this book is a great resource book to anyone who shade gardens. -- Linda Cobb Spartanburg Herald-Journal 20031007 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 20031106 This is a awesome resource; I have already found plants I have had difficulty identifying or finding information about in this book. -- Winston Dunwell Nursery Views 20031201 An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials is not only comprehensive and authoritative, . . it's a fun read and a handy guide. Northern Gardener 20040121 This is a book with something for someone at every level of gardening experience. Friends School of Minnesota 20030524 A great companion to The Complete Shade Gardener. Alberta Gardener 20041116 Finding appropriate shade-loving plants is not as daunting a task as it once seemed. Schmid's hefty reference identifies, with detailed cultural information, over 7000 new and overlooked species and cultivars in 184 genera. -- Eboni A. Francis Library Journal 20071201
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.