Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens Up the Shadows

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Rodale, Jan 1, 2005 - Gardening - 407 pages
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Celebrate shade! That's author Larry Hodgson's call to gardeners everywhere, no matter if you have a small shady corner or an entire landscape overshadowed by trees. His hands-on "been there, done that" advice will help you tackle planning, planting, and problem-solving, as well as create color, texture, and light-filled areas in the shade. He also shares more than 200 outstanding plants - perennials, annuals, bulbs, ferns, ornamental grasses, and climbing plants - that you can use to create a beautiful garden that will flourish under shady conditions. In fact, after reading Making the Most of Shade, even the gardener with the sunniest yard will want to create a shady nook!--COVER.

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Content of this book is very good. I have learned a lot of new tricks to try for shade. So far I have just tried to hit or miss with no rhyme or reason. I have already recommended it to someone. It came in excellent shape. Read full review

Making the Most of Shade : How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens up the Shadows

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Shade--a welcome retreat for gardeners who want to escape the heat on a hot day or a curse for those who want to grow lots of colorful flowers? Hodgson (Perennials for Every Purpose ) here discusses ... Read full review

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Page 408 - It is now recognized as the best indicator of minimum temperatures available. Look at the map to find your area, then match its pattern to the key at the right.
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About the author (2005)

Larry Hodgson is a well-known garden writer, lecturer, and media personality. He is a regular contributor to gardening magazines such as "Horticulture," "Harrowsmith," and "Canadian Gardening," has authored several successful books, including "A Garden Lover's Guide to Canada," "Houseplants for Dummies," and the best-selling "Perennials for Every Purpose," and co-authored others, such as "All about Perennials,"
Larry's a favorite on the lecture circuit for gardening groups in the United States and Canada and he can be seen on French-language television, both as a host and as a guest. He is a former editor-in-chief of "HousePlant Magazine" and a radio garden commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is also a gardening columnist for several Internet sites, including He leads garden tours all over the world, visiting public and private gardens on various continents.
Larry lives with his wife and children in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, just outside of Quebec City. He studied at the University of Toronto and Laval University, where he earned a degree in modern languages. Always involved in every aspect of gardening, Larry volunteers for various gardening organizations and is presently national director for Region VII of the Garden Writers Association of America. In addition, he finds enough spare time to appear in community theater productions for the Quebec Art Company.

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