Planting the Dry Shade Garden is the latest book by the world-acclaimed plantsman and award-winning garden writer Graham Rice, so I groveled a bit to get a review copy. I loved the book and am happy to pass it along to a lucky commenter here on the blog. Just tell us why you need it, but don’t worry about being clever or the most desperate commenter because we’ll pick the winner at random. Entries close at midnight next Friday, October 21, and the winner can pick up the book at either Behnkes location.
More about Planting the Dry Shade Garden
Rice is undaunted by this most difficult of gardening situations and has compiled a terrific list of plants that can take it. Plus, tips on how to make dry shade both less dry and less shady.
And based on his decades of gardening both in England and Pennsylvania, Rice is able to cover all plant groups – shrubs, climbers, perennials, ground covers, bulbs and annuals, foliage plants and, even lots of flowers.
Here’s just a sampling of the great plants that Rice recommends for dry shade: Aucuba, Cyclamen, Male Fern, Epimedium, Wintercreeper Euonymus, Climbing Hydrangea, Stinking Iris, Lamium, Money Plant and Butcher’s Broom (I’d never heard of that one!)
The photography in the book is mainly the work of award-winning photographer judywhite, so not only is the book packed with good advice, but the pictures reveal the beauty of the plants you can grow.
Posted by Susan Harris.