This is my second copy of this beautiful book. A friend "borrowed" the first one and never returned it! But I can't blame her because this book is a delight to the eye and a treasure trove of ideas for the shady yard. I must say that I do not have a green thumb, but my once lackluster yard now supports a huge assortment of hosta in every shade of green. You have to love a plant that flourishes in shade, comes up every year with very little care and doubles its size! The photos in this book are beautiful and will make you want to try and recreate the vistas. A wonderful book for the gardener or the lover of beautiful books.
This is one of the 5 best gardening books I have owned. Ken Druse is truly a great plantsman and the photography in this book is the best of any gardening books you will ever find. One of the best things about his books are the combinations of plant types displaying the creative use of form, texture and color as well as seasonal variations to develop the most attractive gardens and spaces. Utilizing cultured and natural plant selections can yield variety as well as that appearance of mother nature doing an extra special job. Don't hesitate to buy any of his books, but this is probably the best. See also Bold Romantic Gardens by Jim Van Sweden and Wolfgang Oehme.
There are two reasons to buy this book: First, it's a great guide, reference and philoshophical perspective on how to garden successfully in the shade. Having gardened in the sun, I was frustrated with the dense shade on the lot around our home. I love trees, but I missed the sun! This book opened my eyes to a way of looking at shade and gardening successfully with it. Second, this is one of the most beautiful books I've ever owned. Ken Druce's photography and the book's production quality is top of the line. Even if you don't have shade, if you enjoy books on gardening, this is one to add to your collection.
This is a book that makes you create shade so you can grow the plants described.
This book contains species not usually included in other books. I cannot say enough about this book to describe the enjoyment it has given me over the two years I have had it. I live in Québec, my property has around 40 large pine trees, and about the same number of beech trees. Shade is all I have to grow things in, some of it very dense. This book helped me make good decisions on what to plant.
For those of us challenged with gardening in the shade, Ken Druse gives not only detailed information on how to make your garden flourish, but also offers wonderful pictures of actual plantings. From small city gardens between buildings, to forest and woodland settings, he inspired me to expand my plant selections with some of the varieties he suggested/pointed out that would not only flourish in a shaded setting, but also naturalize the area. An outstanding book!
What a beautiful book jammed with pictures that actually make you long for more shady areas. I'm re-doing my whole back yard by replacing the unnatural grass (that doesn't grow there anyway) with the beauty of shade plants. The pictures alone make this a great book for your collection. It gives you tons of ideas for those shady areas that you may have lost hope for.
Extremely thorough in its content, it is intelligent and offers a generous number of spectacular photographs. All areas of natural shade gardening well-covered, from top to bottom, literally. Druse gives excellent information about all the best plants for shade, as well as the ones you wouldn't think were shade tolerant. You won't be sorry with this beauty... get it!
I read and re-read this book constantly. It not only helped me make my garden beautiful, but I dream over the pictures all winter and my garden is alive while everything outdoors is sleeping. This is my favorite book of all time.