Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas

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Timber Press, Oct 15, 2007 - Gardening - 212 pages
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Boasting diverse leaf shape, size, color, and texture, it is no wonder that hostas continue to reign as the most popular perennial plants in North America. Not only are they the supreme plant for shade, but they also can be used in the landscape either as striking specimen plantings or as accommodating companion plants. Few pests bother them, and little maintenance is required, making hostas even more attractive to busy gardeners.

Each year a staggering number of new hostas are introduced. To assist gardeners and landscapers in selecting the right hosta for a particular situation, veteran plantswoman Diana Grenfell has teamed up with distinguished photographer Mike Shadrack in selecting 280 of the best hostas. Ranging from tried and true favorites to cutting edge newcomers bursting with potential, each plant has been handpicked for its superb performance in the landscape. An additional 545 hostas are briefly mentioned.

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A Must Have For Hostas Lovers

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Reasonable price with over 300 colored photos of each hosta. Includes leaf blade clump size and habit along with descriptions. There is also has a comment for each hosta which includes best location ... Read full review

Timber Press pocket guide to hostas

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Grenfell, cofounder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, has teamed up with photographer Shadrack to produce a small-sized but informative guide to hostas. The introduction covers hosta ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Diana Grenfell, a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, is the author of "The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas", "The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hostas" and "The Gardener's Guide to Growing Daylilies". She operates the well-known nursery, Apple Court, at Lymington in Hampshire with her husband, Roger Grounds, author of "The Plantfinder's Guide to Ornamental Grasses".

Michael Shadrack is a member of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and the American Hosta Society. His interest in photography has led to a library of nearly 3200 hosta images, many of which have been published in books, magazines, and catalogs. He regularly lectures on hostas in Europe and North America.

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