Shady Retreats: 20 Plans for Colorful, Private Spaces in Your Backyard

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Storey Books, 2003 - Gardening - 182 pages
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Most flowers and vegetables love the sun, but the gardeners who tend them crave the shade. A comfortable hammock strung between two trees. A set of Adirondack chairs arranged for conversation beneath a vine-covered arbor. A stone bench tucked into a quiet nook. These out-of-the-way outdoor retreats provide busy gardeners with cool relief from the hot sun, as well as precious hours of quiet, privacy, and peace.

In SHADY RETREATS, lifelong gardener Barbara W. Ellis provides detailed plans for 20 gardens with shade as the theme. Each design includes easy-to-read blueprints and a glorious oil painting of what the garden will look like. Ellis also provides specific plant lists; suggestions on how to bring color into the shade; and practical advice on how to use shrubs, trees, vines, and man-made structures to create attractive, inviting, shady sanctuaries in any garden or yard.

The garden design concepts are easy for even novices to grasp, and experienced gardeners will appreciate the unique inspirations and down-to-earth advice on how to adapt the concept of the shady retreat to fit their own garden's configuration.

Complete with suggestions on how to use gazebos, containers, fountains, and other garden ornaments, plus an encyclopedia of approximately 100 shade-loving plants, Shady Retreats is an easy-to-use handbook that helps even beginning gardeners make the move out of the house and into a cool, inviting outdoor sanctuary.

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User Review  - False Millennium - Goodreads

Some very good ideas for creating outdoor living spaces. Not much in the "how to's" but more of the "Think about it." Read full review

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User Review  - William - Goodreads

Features recommendations of plants for specific situations. I read the library copy, but worth buying. Read full review

Contents

designs for 20 shady retreats
23
favorite shade plants
144
index
176
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About the author (2003)

Barbara W. Ellis, the former gardening editor for Rodale, is the author of Taylor's Guide to Growing North America's Favorite Plants, Taylor's Guide to Annuals, and Taylor's Weekend Guide to Attracting Birds and Butterflies.

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