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Southern Sun: A Plant Selection Guide [Hardcover]

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Item description for Southern Sun: A Plant Selection Guide by Jo Kellum...

Sun in the South can be ferocious. In summer, afternoon rays can fry gardens and sap every drop of moisture.

Gardeners seeking advice for a scorched section of yard or searching for plants that won't fail to bloom in half-a-day's sunlight will find the right advice in Southern Sun: A Plant Selection Guide from Jo Kellum, a native southerner and landscape expert.

Choosing plants wisely for southern sun can be tricky. Some plants thrive in morning light only to curl up and die when blazing western rays reach them. Kellum considers seasonality as well. Summer sunlight is by far hotter than winter sunshine. Some plants desire plenty of sun along with plenty of water--these are the ones gardeners find crispy brown upon return from vacation. Still more sun-loving plants perish at the thought of too much water. Tags at garden centers certainly can't address all these issues. And because plants that can take heat but not humidity don't stand a chance in most southern gardens, recommendations from an expert familiar with that feeling of swimming through moisture-laden air abound in this book.

In Southern Sun, Kellum addresses all of these regional concerns and more. Two hundred of Kellum's own color photographs make choosing for plantings a pleasure. Though there are plenty of colorful perennials and annuals included, the book tackles the whole yard. Recommendations for trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and vines are here, as well as bedding plants. Southern Sun is user-friendly for the beginner and thorough enough for a professional. It makes an ideal guide to plant selection for any southerner looking to beautify those difficult sunny spots in the yard.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   141
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 8.6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   University Press of Mississippi
ISBN  1934110450  
ISBN13  9781934110454  

Availability  0 units.

More About Jo Kellum

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > By Climate > General
2Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > General
3Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Landscape
4Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Ornamental Plants
5Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Regional > South

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Loved it!  Sep 3, 2008
I have enjoyed Jo's other two previous books and was particularly excited to read the two about sun and shade. I have a very sunny front yard and a very shady backyard so having the categories split made plant selection much easier. Also, seeing the plants in a garden setting was helpful and the information listed for each plant was detailed but not too much so. Beautiful photography made for extra enjoyable reading.
Southern Sun Review  Aug 23, 2008
Here is a book that is put together and allows non professionals to bring it home. Beautiful pictures, real life advise and easy reading.
Does it all for me. It's a great read and a great work book.
A pleasure to use for dreaming and planting. Don't forget to check out Southern Shade for it's the same.

Great Tips  Aug 17, 2008
This book helped me to be able to know where, when, and what to plant in the sun. Great information!!!!
Very thorough and complete  Aug 17, 2008
I recently landscaped my yard using the ideas from this book as well as its companion, Southern Shade. It was wonderful to have these books to reference so that I would get the right plants for my area. For a novice gardener, they have been invaluable!
So helpful!  Aug 17, 2008
This book is so helpful to know what to plant. My daughter lives in Columbia, SC, where it is so hot. This book helped them to update their landscaping. Great photography!

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