Planting the Dry Shade Garden

Planting the Dry Shade Garden

The Best Plants for the Toughest Spot in your Garden

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781604691870
Branch Call Number: 635.954 R49p
Characteristics: 192 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jul 12, 2016

Excellent reference. Will check it again in fall and spring.

Oct 25, 2015

Having experimented with many different types of plants for my difficult shade beds, I have narrowed down several varieties that are dependable and do not fade away after a year in the ground. These plants were indeed listed in Rice's book. Rice explains how one gets shade and especially dry shade in the garden and how to either cope with it or improve the amount of light that reaches the plants below trees. He also includes a list of plants to consider which are divided into categories like shrubs, perennials, ground covers, vines, bulbs. He also lists trees that are greedy moisture thieves so if one were starting with an unplanted bed and wanted trees, he provides a few to consider. He provides a brief description of the plants' features and then recommends some varieties. Most plants could be found in the local garden centers or a form there of. Useful tips to consider if action is needed to combat the sunlight and moisture thieves along with a list of recommended plants that succeed in tough conditions. Colored pictures of plants listed in the plant encyclopedia section are full page size. Rice doesn't provide tips for combining these shade loving plants into an attractive grouping. This book provides substantial information on a common garden problem and now armed with that information, the gardener has a starting point in dealing with that problem. Nice to have some updated gardening books on the library shelve to browse!

Nov 08, 2011

Useful. Watch the growing zone of the suggested plants. We are surrounded by trees on three sides, and I planted the apple trees on the fourth side so we have plenty of shade. I got several ideas of how to plant even more, using the space under trees.

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