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Succulents for the Contemporary Garden
 
            

by Yvonne Cave
176 pp, 346 colour photos, hardcover
ISBN:  0-88192-573-X
Price:  $29.95 US
Succulents grow in an incredible range of forms and colours, and one can find native succulents almost everywhere on earth.  Though most originate in warmer climates, a number of them are cold tolerant and even hardy, Succulents for the Contemporary Garden.  Yvonne Cave reveals her proven techniques for helping these fascinating plants to survive and thrive.  She provides the information to successfully grow succulents in the garden, containers, and indoors.

Each species listing details the habit carefully, and many provide interesting historical or geographic facts, suggestions for garden placement, and information about any plants that are particularly cold hardy.  The accompanying photos are both inspiring and instructive, making Succulents for the Contemporary Garden a treat for everyone.

Consider the Leaf Foliage in

Garden Design            

by Judy Glattstein
307 pp, 114 colour photos, hardcover
ISBN:  0-88192-571-3
Price: US $24.95   CAN $34.95

Few gardeners today have time for a high maintenance garden, so popular writer Judy Glattstein urges us to consider plants that pay their own way with fantastic foliage.  A garden designed with the important elements of leaf form, texture, and colour in mind is both more interesting and more long-lasting than a garden composed for flowers alone.

Glattstein offers plant combinations that offer foliage contrasts and complements, teaching basic design principles along the way.  Following chapters flow into discussions of colour, with individual chapters devoted to yellow and gold, dusky red and purple, and silver.  The book’s chapters on colour are conveniently sectioned by plant type:  trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials.  The book also covers variegated plants, herbs and other edible ornamentals, geometry in the garden, and seasonal suggestions.

An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials

by W. George Schmid
494 pp, 500 colour photos, hardcover
ISBN:  0-88192-549-7
Price:  US $49.95  CAN $82.95

Gardening in the shade can be an inevitable challenge for many gardeners.  Gardeners everywhere, who are looking to expand their garden palette from the standard shade-tolerant hostas and ferns, can turn to An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials for literally thousands of other plant choices. From Acanthus to Woodwardia, this book provides information on more than 7,000 species and cultivars in 184 genera - all suited for growing in the shade.

Shade perennial expert W. George Schmid dispels the myth that shade gardening is difficult, and offers his readers real-world advice n choosing the right plants for the right locations, preparing the soil, and cultivating and maintaining the garden.  His conversational style is not only fun and enjoyable, but also authoritative.  500 stunning colour photos, most taken by the author himself, illustrate the text, giving readers an even closer view of the multitude of choice perennials available.

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