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Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden

By Jenny Rose Carey

For anyone planning a shade garden, this book is a must. It will inspire you to start digging.

Holly Shimizu, former executive director, U.S. Botanic Garden

Shade is one of the most common garden situations homeowners have, but with the right plant knowledge, you can triumph over challenging areas and learn to embrace shade as an opportunity instead of an obstacle. Glorious Shade celebrates the benefits of shade and shows you how to make the most of it. This information-rich, hardworking guide is packed with everything you need to successfully garden in the shadiest corners of a yard. You'll learn how to determine what type of shade you have and how to choose the right plants for the space. The book also shares the techniques, design and maintenance tips that are key to growing a successful shade garden. Stunning color photographs offer design inspiration and reveal the beauty of shade-loving plants.

Media reviews

"A stand out.…​Can’t think of a better volume of shade gardening that’s as useful."

Garden Design

"As much as Glorious Shade strives to help the amateur gardener, the text is also a professional botanist's primer on how to talk about plants to a lay audience and have them listen."


"Worth buying just for her excellent photographs of gardens, which offer details and inspiration for where shade-loving plants would be able to thrive.…​Glorious Shade should galvanize you into identifying more places in your garden to grow a wider selection of these beautiful plants."

Alpine Garden Society Journal

"Beautiful and instructional.…​Comprehensive.…​One of the best."


"Feels like you are learning all about shade gardening from your favorite, chatty neighbor. It covers a lot of ground, from the usual seasonal interest, plant selection and design perspective. But it also covers types of shade, seasonal shade shifts, soil improvement, what to plant when there’s root competition, maintenance, pests and diseases, deer resistance and more."


"Approachable, well-illustrated, thorough guide to shade planting.…​Especially recommended for collections lacking shade-gardening titles."


"Shade is glorious, and this book helps to make it possible for every garden and gardener."

Reading Eagle

"Well researched and packed with valuable information.…​This is a book that shows you that shade can indeed be glorious."

Three Dogs in a Garden

"An excellent reference for gardeners working with shaded areas who are looking for inspiration."

Plant Talk

"A practical guide to maintaining a shade garden with a useful calendar of seasonal tasks, plant directory and inspiring design ideas."

Gardens Illustrated

About the author

Jenny Rose Carey

Jenny Rose Carey is a renowned educator, historian, and author, and the senior director at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm in Jenkintown. She previously worked at Temple University for over a decade, first as an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and then as director of the Ambler Arboretum. Jenny Rose has been lecturing nationally and internationally for many years. She is an avid, hands-on gardener who has gardened in both England and the United States. Her Victorian property, Northview, contains diverse garden spaces, including a shade garden, moss garden, and a stumpery. Jenny Rose and her gardens have been featured on the PBS series The Victory Garden, in the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Green Scene magazine, and the Pennsylvania Gardener.

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