Shade (Hardcover)

Planting Solutions for Shady Gardens

By Keith Wiley

Timber Press, 9780881927559, 176pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2006

List Price: 29.95*
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Every garden has some shade—some gardens are even completely shaded—and gardeners tend to see shade as a problem. Questions about what to plant in shady parts of the garden are among the most frequest posed in gardening magazines, radio phone-ins, and online discussions. In this innovative book, award-winning gardening expert Keith Wiley turns all the familiar preconceptions on their heads by presenting garden shade in a positive light.

Wiley first discusses shade—from dappled and partial to full and dense—in different situations and in every size and type of garden. He then considers the characteristics of shade-loving plants, showing how to use them with companions to create striking designs. He also looks at the practicalities of preparing, planting, and maintaining a shade garden.

Complete with a directory of shade-loving plants, Shade shows you how to turn shady areas into highlights in your garden.

About the Author

After obtaining an honors degree in horticulture from London University, Keith Wiley spent twenty-five years as head gardener at The Garden House in Devon. There he evolved a gardening style based on modifying natural landscapes from around the globe. The garden he created there was described by national commentators as “one of the most exciting and innovative gardens in Britain today” and the best example of “leading-edge horticulture” in the UK. Keith is a regular contributor to horticultural and lifestyle magazines, and has appeared on many gardening television programs in the UK. Over the last ten years, Keith and his wife have created a new garden from a bare field at Wildside, where they run their own nursery. Keith is the author of two other gardening books and has lectured widely all over the world.

Praise For Shade: Planting Solutions for Shady Gardens

"This book is for those who love trees and the opportunities to bask in comforting shade."
—Steven Lamphear, Des Moines News, June 19, 2006