Shade is a reality in nearly every garden, and this guide will help any gardener, experienced or inexperienced, take full advantage of those sometimes tricky shady areas. After looking at shade in different situations-in different sizes and types of gardens, in specific areas within the garden such as hedges and other barriers, and in vertical elements such as pergolas and arches-the book then considers the characteristics of shade-loving plants, including brightly colored flowers as well as at plants with distinct types of foliage.
Readers will learn how to use plant companions to create striking designs in addition to learning about the practicalities of preparing, planting, and maintaining a shade garden. Especially in the Northeast, the degree of shade in a garden is one of the key factors in determining the final result. Keith Wiley's design ideas and plant suggestions are sensible but creative, with a particularly useful section on maintenance.