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Planting the Dry Shade Garden: The Best Plants for the Toughest Spot in Your Garden (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Graham Rice
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"[Dry shade] is one of the toughest garden situations. It's good to have advice from an expert!"


In this book you'll learn how to prune selectively to admit more light and how to amend soil to increase its moisture retention. You'll also learn about more than 130 plants that accept reduced light and moisture levels-long-blooming woodland gems like epimediums and hellebores, and even lush foliage plants like evergreen ferns and hardy gingers, shrubs, climbers, perennials, ground covers, bulbs, annuals, and perennials- there is an entire palette to help you transform challenging spaces into rich, rewarding gardens.


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3.0 von 5 Sternen Für extreme Standorte 6. September 2011
Von lexi111
Ein Buch, das viele Fragen beantwortet, die sich um trockene schattige Standorte entwickeln. Leider ist es nicht sehr schön bebildert. Ich finde es dennoch praktisch wegen des guten Pflanzenteils. Schöne und nachahmenswerte Pflanzideen fehlen aber leider. Für Profis, die in der Praxis mit solchen Extremstandorten konfrontiert werden, ist er Titel aber bei der Arbeit durchaus hilfreich.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Barren Dry Shade Can Become a Garden 1. Dezember 2011
Von allanbecker-gardenguru - Veröffentlicht auf
Planting the Dry Shade Garden: The Best Plants for the Toughest Spot in Your Garden
Dry shade can be a serious obstacle for gardeners attempting to design beautiful flowerbeds. Not only is it difficult to establish flourishing plants under these conditions, but it is also a challenge to make such a garden beautiful. Homeowners, who have attempted this project on their own, are often stymied and frustrated. Finally, we have a useful gardening handbook that focuses solely and realistically on this problem.

In some gardens, barren dry shade may be the result of mature trees creating a natural umbrella that blocks sun and rain. Tree roots that permeate growing beds, so that plants have difficulty thriving, may further exacerbate this situation. Sometimes, walls that create shade for part of the day, or a location with a northern exposure, also may be contributing factors. Whatever the cause, and there are more, the author offers suggestions.

Ostensibly, this publication lists the best plants for the most inhospitable, toughest spots in the garden. It is also a work of encouragement; it urges the reader not to give up, to rethink ones strategy, and to come to terms with nature.The author has wisely framed the intent of the book. The reader must first understanding the problem before adapting recommended techniques. Realistically, all that can be done with the guidance he supplies, is to take the edge off drought and poor light.

To achieve that goal, the reader must understand the variability of shade and available moisture. Accurate information about one's own ecological conditions enables gardeners to take appropriate steps to improve a site for planting. Sometimes, strategic pruning or trimming can contribute to diminishing the problem. Often, the situation may be alleviated by building raised beds, by installing irrigation, and by applying mulch regularly.

However, these options are only the beginning of a strategy. For best results, gardeners need to know which plants will survive in dry shade and they must select those that are appropriate for their specific conditions and growing zones. For example, some plants will benefit from the sun exposure they receive in early spring before overhead trees leaf out to create impenetrable shade.

What is undeniable is that, with few exceptions, floriferous plants with long blooming periods are not realistic options. Furthermore, the chances are unlikely that one might have masses of colorful blooms all season long, similar to the intensity achievable in a sun or part sun garden. Therefore, the dry shade gardener will focus on attractive foliage and delicate, seasonal blooms that are the features of the authors list of recommended plants.

Most of the book is dedicated to discussing the plants that have proven successful under the harsh conditions of dry shade. The reader will discover 11 shrubs, 5 climbers, 21 perennials, 15 ground covers, 4 bulbs, and 3 annuals/biennials, plus a list of 17 British, and 15 American, native plants.

Readers should feel confident that these recommended plant would be more than sufficient to produce a wide variety of plant combinations to make attractive, meaningful gardens out of inhospitable, challenging locations.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally a book about dry shade gardening!!!! 24. August 2011
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I've been trying for decades to grow things in dry shade with little success and much heartbreak. I just got this book as a gift, and now I am filled with new ideas of what plants will work there. The book also gives me good ideas of how to fix the horrible spots a bit better so things will survive.

Pictures are very nice too, with at least a full page for each of the plants, and how-tos in the front. Easy to read, but obviously this writer knows what he's talking about.

There was absolutely no book on this subject before this one, strangely enough, because everyone I know has areas in their gardens that gets no water and hardly any light.

I recommend this book without reservations! And I'm going out to buy a Danae racemosa and an Aucuba japonica right now!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Planting Dry Shade Garden 14. Oktober 2011
Von Gail M. Harman - Veröffentlicht auf
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Since we live in south Texas where it hardly rains and we have lots of live oak trees in our yard, this book is wonderful. We are now getting plants to grow in both our front and back yard under the trees. When some of the water restrictions are lifted the place will look beautiful.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Initial review encouraging. 27. Dezember 2012
Von Catherine M Peck - Veröffentlicht auf
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Initial response is positive because it includes zoning for plants. Being a Zone 3 gardener limits our choices considerably but this author addresses that issue. He also understands and explains tree canopies, northern latitude shade challenges and benefits - the underlying challenges of gardening under trees and next to buildings and shade structures. I think this will be a big help when I garden and when I do gardening presentations so will probably recommend the book to others.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sensible 13. Juli 2013
Von Joseph Castagliola - Veröffentlicht auf
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I found the book to be sensibly written. I would have liked more information on ideas and more images; however, the book suffices for its purpose.
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