The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening by Amy ZifferThe Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening by Amy Ziffer

The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening

byAmy Ziffer

Paperback | May 6, 2014

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Finally, a guide to shade gardening that offers a simple and proven method for bringing those sunlight-deprived areas of your garden to life! Ziffer condenses her considerable experience and her expertise in shade gardening for New England and environs into a unique and easily digestible approach to creating an ornamental landscape in the shade. Tired of using only a few pages of your gardening books? The Shady Lady identifies best practices, best plants, and best information, specifically designed for the zones of the greater Northeast—and leaves out all the rest. Ziffer gives the reader a crash course in the essentials, demystifying shade gardening and providing a large yet highly selective illustrated plant gallery that includes all the indispensable perennials, ferns, and bulbs. Rather than merely listing and describing shade plants, she categorizes them according to the functional roles they can play in the landscape and explains to readers exactly how to cultivate them with a high likelihood of success and a minimum of failure and frustration. She introduces the concept of “backbone plants” and shows why these plants should make up 75 to 80 percent of a shade garden. She also discusses plants that are resistant to deer (and other interlopers). In clear and concise language she tells readers what they need to do; just as important, she shares with them what not to do. The emphasis at all times is on enjoying success by simplifying the approach and avoiding common mistakes.

The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening will become the definitive guide for all sun-challenged regional gardeners.
AMY ZIFFER is the owner of A Shady Lady Garden Design and a former editor at Fine Gardening. She has written for Yankee, Horticulture, and many other gardening, lifestyle, and consumer publications.
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Title:The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade GardeningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.48 × 6.86 × 0.55 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:University Press of New EnglandLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1611685257

ISBN - 13:9781611685251

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Table of Contents

PREFACE
Why Buy This Book?
Who Is This Book Written For?
How Is This Book Organized?
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
SHADE AND SHADE PLANTS
Getting Specific about Shade
About the Plants Recommended in this Book
Some Plant Terms You Need to Know
Surprising Shade Plant Facts
SHADE GARDEN DESIGN
Types of Shade Gardens
Situating Your Garden
Selecting Plants
Backbone Plants . . . and Everything Else
Plants for Both Shade and Sun
Using Colorful Foliage in the Shade
Arranging Plants
Using Bulbs and Spring Ephemerals
Shrubs
Shrubs for Moderate Shade
Shrubs for Light Shade
Other Possibilities
Vines
Moss
MAINTENANCE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DILIGENT
DEER
Products Applied to Plants and Gardens
Fencing and More
MANAGING SHADY AREAS
SOIL BASICS
Improving Your Soil
pH
MULCH
FERTILIZATION
PLANT GALLERY
PLANTS FOR DEEPER SHADE
Backbone Plants
Accent Plants
Spring Ephemerals
Bulbs
Ferns for Border Use
Ferns Best for Naturalizing
PLANTS FOR LIGHT SHADE
Backbone Plants
Accent Plants
Spring Ephemerals
Bulbs
PLANTS FOR SPECIAL SITUATIONS
Naturalizing
Shady Rock Gardens
Cool, Moist, but Well-Drained Spots
RESOURCES
Plants Native to Eastern North America
Plants by USDA Zone
Plants That Grow Well in Both Shade and Sun
Plants for Moist Areas
Plants for Rock Gardens
Plants Suitable for Use as Groundcovers
For More Information
INDEX

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Finally, a guide to shade gardening that offers a simple and proven method for bringing those sunlight-deprived areas of your garden to life! Ziffer condenses her considerable experience and her expertise in shade gardening for New England and environs into a unique and easily digestible approach to creating an ornamental landscape in the shade. Tired of using only a few pages of your gardening books? The Shady Lady identifies best practices, best plants, and best information, specifically designed for the zones of the greater Northeast—and leaves out all the rest. Ziffer gives the reader a crash course in the essentials, demystifying shade gardening and providing a large yet highly selective illustrated plant gallery that includes all the indispensable perennials, ferns, and bulbs. Rather than merely listing and describing shade plants, she categorizes them according to the functional roles they can play in the landscape and explains to readers exactly how to cultivate them with a high likelihood of success and a minimum of failure and frustration. She introduces the concept of “backbone plants” and shows why these plants should make up 75 to 80 percent of a shade garden. She also discusses plants that are resistant to deer (and other interlopers). In clear and concise language she tells readers what they need to do; just as important, she shares with them what not to do. The emphasis at all times is on enjoying success by simplifying the approach and avoiding common mistakes.The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening will become the definitive guide for all sun-challenged regional gardeners.“If you are tired of watching your lawn fade in the shady areas of your property, or have decided to fill those bare spots under your oak with beautiful perennials, Amy Ziffer can help. In her timely new book, the Shady Lady challenges a common misconception in gardening: that there are very few perennials that thrive in the shade. For gardeners seeking a nondestructive compromise between all native landscapes and those decorated only with exotic ornamentals, The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening is a must read.” - Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in our Gardens