Item description for Southern Shade: A Plant Selection Guide by Jo Kellum...
Figuring out what to grow in the shade is challenge enough. Throw in factors that affect southern gardeners, and the topic becomes as thorny as wild blackberry. Shade varies at different times of day, and gardeners need to take this into account. Shade changes from season to season, too, even within the same yard. In Southern Shade: A Plant Selection Guide, landscape expert Jo Kellum takes the mystery out of the murky parts of the yard.
Some plants desire rich, moist soil, decaying leaves, and just a bit of sunlight that filters through leafy tree canopies. Others need shade all day long. Still others thrive in morning shade followed by afternoon sun or the reverse. Sometimes the soil beneath trees can be notoriously dry where tree roots absorb all the available moisture. Jo Kellum lets gardeners know what to grow in the gloom and illustrates her choices with over two hundred color photographs.
Homeowners need advice about landscaping workhorses for the shade trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and vines in addition to annuals and perennials.
Unfortunately, shade gardening seems to apply mainly to dainty plants that don't solve the problem of how to fill a wet, shadowy spot or how to block the view of the neighbor s air conditioning unit.
Southern Shade helps the gardener pick the right plant for the right kind of shady area. There are recommendations for little flowers, big trees, and everything in between. Jo Kellum's advice is simple enough for beginners yet complete enough for professionals. It makes an ideal companion when shopping.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.1" Width: 8.7" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1934110477 ISBN13 9781934110478
Availability 0 units.
More About Jo Kellum
Jo Kellum is a landscape architect, writer, and photographer based in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. She has authored regional editions of Landscaping 1-2-3 for Home Depot Books and gardening and landscaping titles in Ortho's All About series. Her work has appeared in Southern Living, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Country Gardens, Renovation Style, and other magazines.
Reviews - What do customers think about Southern Shade: A Plant Selection Guide?
Pretty as well as informative Sep 3, 2008
As a shade loving gardener, I found this book delightful. Not only is it very specific, but it is fun to browse through. It's always a challenge to find something new to grow in shade, but Jo does a great job of giving the details. I especially liked the "getting acquainted" part of each plant guide. It helped with overview and selection.
Southern Shade Review Aug 23, 2008
Just like Southern Sun this book is beautiful, interesting to read and provides great advise for the non-professional. You can enjoy the read and you can use it as a great work book. Pictures are beautiful.
Great Sharing Book Aug 17, 2008
My daughter took this book to her office and several people looked at it and got some great ideas. She gave them the info. on how to order them.
helpful to the rookie gardener Aug 17, 2008
This book helped me transform my yard to a beautiful sanctuary. Finally, though the help of this book, my landscaping is easy to maintain. I have learned so much from the authors' explanations and photographs of the plants that do well in shade. I recommend this book and her other book, Southern Sun: A Plant Selection Guide, as a marvelous housewarming gift for new homeowners.
Two great books! Aug 15, 2008
I find this book, Southern Shade and its companion, Southern Sun, to be excellent resources for the Southern gardener. Both books provide many plant options - some that perhaps you haven't thought of - which are beautifully photographed. The books are laid out in a way that makes them easy to read and access. I would recommend investing in both so that you have a complete outdoor gardening guide - they make great gifts, too!