Shrubs and Hedges – Book Review

By: Eva Monheim
Published on: March 3, 2020

If I have a forte in gardening, it is in growing vegetables. Anything other than that is a learning experience that I often fail at. This year my plan was to put in a few bushes and shrubs, especially in the shadier areas where I can’t grow vegetables. With that in mind, I picked up the book hoping to solve this particular mystery of gardening that eludes me.

What I found was a lot of information on well, just about everything. As a reader and gardener, there were certain areas I was more interested in learning about that others and those sections is what I was drawn toward. But even with that in mind, there is a lot of information on history of shrubs, pruning methods, designing, not to mention species information. During this past winter I knew I wanted to plant some hydrangea bushes and if you are like me, then you are in luck because there are pages of the different types available with important care facts on them.

Overall, there is a wide assortment of information within this book and a ton of pictures. My only issue with the pictures is that they somehow didn’t look right in my digital version, but I suspect that it was just my version and a printed copy would not have these issues.

Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.

Rating: 4 stars

Description: (from Amazon)

A practical, ordinary person’s guide to choosing, planting, and caring for the world’s most popular plants, Shrubs & Hedges delivers all the know-how you’ll need to grow beautiful, healthy shrubs.

Whether they’re flowering shrubs or evergreen hedges, these long-lived plants fill a lot of space in our landscapes; yet they don’t capture as much attention as perennials, annuals, and even trees. The front doors and picture windows of millions of houses world-wide are adorned by shrubs. Despite their ubiquity, selecting and maintaining shrubs remains a mystery to many. Shrubs are all-too-often inappropriately pruned into “meatball” shapes, or alternatively, left to become an overgrown tangle of branches. But as you’ll discover in the pages of Shrubs & Hedges, when cared for properly, these workhorse plants have much to offer. They mask foundationsdelineate property lines, increase privacystabilize soilsprovide food for wildlife, and add beauty and interest to the landscape. It’s time for shrubs to take center stage.

Shrubs & Hedges eliminates the ambiguities of shrub selection and care by offering:

  • Advice on how to pick the best shrubs for your growing conditions
  • Plant profiles of both dependable classic shrubs and new rising stars
  • Step-by-step propagation instructions for making more shrubs—for free!
  • Shrub identification tips
  • A lesson on the value of hedges and hedgerows
  • The best shrubs for pollinators and other wildlife
  • Pruning illustrations and tips to maximize shrub performance and health
  • Tips for designing with shrubs

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