Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781611685251 Published May 2014

The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening

Amy Ziffer

The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening

Amy Ziffer

Distributed for University Press of New England

240 pages | 7 x 9 3/4
Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781611685251 Published May 2014
Finally, a guide to shade gardening that offers a simple and proven method for bringing those sunlight-deprived areas of your garden to life! Ziffer condenses her considerable experience and her expertise in shade gardening for New England and environs into a unique and easily digestible approach to creating an ornamental landscape in the shade. Tired of using only a few pages of your gardening books? The Shady Lady identifies best practices, best plants, and best information, specifically designed for the zones of the greater Northeast—and leaves out all the rest. Ziffer gives the reader a crash course in the essentials, demystifying shade gardening and providing a large yet highly selective illustrated plant gallery that includes all the indispensable perennials, ferns, and bulbs. Rather than merely listing and describing shade plants, she categorizes them according to the functional roles they can play in the landscape and explains to readers exactly how to cultivate them with a high likelihood of success and a minimum of failure and frustration. She introduces the concept of “backbone plants” and shows why these plants should make up 75 to 80 percent of a shade garden. She also discusses plants that are resistant to deer (and other interlopers). In clear and concise language she tells readers what they need to do; just as important, she shares with them what not to do. The emphasis at all times is on enjoying success by simplifying the approach and avoiding common mistakes. The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening will become the definitive guide for all sun-challenged regional gardeners.
Contents
PREFACE • Why Buy This Book? • Who Is This Book Written For? • How Is This Book Organized? • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS • SHADE AND SHADE PLANTS • Getting Specific about Shade • About the Plants Recommended in this Book • Some Plant Terms You Need to Know • Surprising Shade Plant Facts • SHADE GARDEN DESIGN • Types of Shade Gardens • Situating Your Garden • Selecting Plants • Backbone Plants . . . and Everything Else • Plants for Both Shade and Sun • Using Colorful Foliage in the Shade • Arranging Plants • Using Bulbs and Spring Ephemerals • Shrubs • Shrubs for Moderate Shade • Shrubs for Light Shade • Other Possibilities • Vines • Moss • MAINTENANCE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DILIGENT • DEER • Products Applied to Plants and Gardens • Fencing and More • MANAGING SHADY AREAS • SOIL BASICS • Improving Your Soil • pH • MULCH • FERTILIZATION • PLANT GALLERY • PLANTS FOR DEEPER SHADE • Backbone Plants • Accent Plants • Spring Ephemerals • Bulbs • Ferns for Border Use • Ferns Best for Naturalizing • PLANTS FOR LIGHT SHADE • Backbone Plants • Accent Plants • Spring Ephemerals • Bulbs • PLANTS FOR SPECIAL SITUATIONS • Naturalizing • Shady Rock Gardens • Cool, Moist, but Well-Drained Spots • RESOURCES • Plants Native to Eastern North America • Plants by USDA Zone • Plants That Grow Well in Both Shade and Sun • Plants for Moist Areas • Plants for Rock Gardens • Plants Suitable for Use as Groundcovers • For More Information • INDEX
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