The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening (Paperback)

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The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening is a crash course in the essentials of shade gardening, helping gardeners take advantage of the potential in shadow. Within this expanded second edition, Amy Ziffer identifies best practices, best plants, and best information for the greater Northeast.

Placed in a broader context of ecology, Ziffer promotes gardening as the act of focusing the natural world rather than manipulating it. She categorizes shade plants based on their function in the garden and describes how to cultivate them with a high likelihood of success and a minimum of failure and frustration. Ziffer introduces the concept of "backbone plants," which should make up 75 to 80 percent of a shade garden, and discusses soils, fertilization, maintenance, animal browsing, and much more, providing clear and concise advice on what to do and what not to do.

This edition of The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening includes an expanded illustrated plant gallery with over forty new photos, an updated taxonomic classification of the plants, and a candid discussion of the future effects of climate change.

About the Author

Amy Ziffer is a garden designer and public speaker. She has been a Master Gardener for over twenty-five years and is a former staff editor and photographer for Fine Gardening magazine.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501760037
ISBN-10: 1501760033
Publisher: Comstock Publishing
Publication Date: May 15th, 2022
Pages: 312
Language: English


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