The New Encyclopedia of Hostas

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas

Book - 2010
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Workman Press.
All who appreciate hostas will value the depth and scope of this essential reference and use it time and again to help with plant selection and identification, and to inspire new plantings.

Fully revised and updated with the best new cultivars

The lush, sculptural hosta is loved by gardeners for its ability to both combine well with other plants and project a strong presence when planted alone. The New Encyclopedia of Hostas—the second edition of Diana Grenfell and Michael Shadrack's classic work—provides growth and cultivation information for seven hundred cultivated hostas.

Detailed, easy-to-read descriptions include growing tips, recommendations for landscape use, and suggestions for companion plants. Clear cultivation advice is provided, including recommendations for hostas that succeed in challenging environments, such as the warmer regions of the United States. Captivating photographs show hostas up close and in a wide range of different garden situations.

Baker & Taylor
An updated edition provides detailed, easy-to-read descriptions for growing, landscaping and augmenting a hosta garden, sharing related information for managing challenging environments, in a volume that features expanded coverage of 700 cultivated varieties.

Publisher: Portland : Timber Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780881929607
Branch Call Number: 635.93432 GRE
Characteristics: 470 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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Feb 03, 2011

On the one hand I loved how large this book is and admire their taking a stab at this constantly changing collection of plants. It seems every year there are dozens of new hostas introduced. I'm not sure how they managed to keep this book printed accurately, but they did.

On the down side though I was frustrated at the overwhelming macro-photography. Lots and lots of gorgeous photos, but nearly all close ups of leaves. I also would have appreciated more garden outtakes and overviews, showing more ways they can be combined in the landscape with other plants or other hosta varieties.

As an encyclopedia this is done very well. It leaves you thirsty for more hostas. But I did feel it lacked landscape photos and an indexed listing of varieties by light requirements and/or by leave size would have been incredibly practical and helpful.

Jul 08, 2010

I always thought Hostas were something you planted when you had so much shade, not even grass would grow. Wow! I want some. (Many
??) Great photography, too.


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