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Planting the Dry Shade Garden: The Best Plants for the Toughest Spot in Your Garden

By Graham Rice

Dry shade: the words alone are enough to strike fear in the heart of the most intrepid gardener. Even worse is the reality of dry shade — dusty, root-choked soil coupled with an all-pervasive gloom, the kind of conditions where large trees or sun-blocking structures wreak havoc on your gardening space.

By understanding the problem, and then using techniques to take the edge off drought and poor light, you can garden successfully — even splendidly — in areas that once looked like a lost horticultural cause.

In this book you'll discover how to prune selectively to admit more light and how to fix the soil so that it holds more water. You'll also learn about more than 130 plants that do fine with reduced light and moisture levels—long-blooming woodland gems like epimediums and hellebores, and even lush foliage plants like evergreen ferns and bear's breeches. Shrubs, climbers, perennials, ground covers, bulbs, annuals, and perennials — here is an entire palette to help you transform challenging spaces into rich, rewarding gardens.

Media reviews

"Owners of shaded gardens, rejoice."

Publishers Weekly

"Readers will enjoy reading this very attractive, engaging book cover-to-cover or selectively browsing for descriptions of particular plants of interest."

—Julienne L. Wood, American Reference Books Annual

"A valuable resource."

Reference and Research Book News

"[Dry shade] is one of the toughest garden situations. It's good to have advice from an expert!"

Garden Gate

"A valuable garden tool that I've needed for a long time."

—Kylee Baumlee, Gardening by the Book blog

"A title that is desperately needed!"

—Dan Heims, Terra Nova Nurseries

About the author

Graham Rice

Graham Rice is a distinguished international garden writer and is unique in having won three awards for his writing in the USA, as well as three in the UK. Trained at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, he is editor-in-chief of the American Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Perennials and the author of more than twenty books, and he runs the Royal Horticultural Society's New Plants blog as well as his Transatlantic Gardener blog.

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