Glorious Shade:

Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden


Book Excerpt:

Turn a shady yard into a sumptuous garden.

Shade is one of the most common garden situations homeowner’s have, but with the right plant knowledge, you can triumph over challenging areas and learn to embrace shade as an opportunity instead of an obstacle. Glorious Shade celebrates the benefits of shade and shows you how to make the most of it. This information-rich, hardworking guide is packed with everything you need to successfully garden in the shadiest corners of a yard. You'll learn how to determine what type of shade you have and how to choose the right plants for the space. The book also shares the techniques, design and maintenance tips that are key to growing a successful shade garden. Stunning color photographs offer design inspiration and reveal the beauty of shade-loving plants.


Jenny Rose Carey, senior director at Meadowbrook Farm, sees shade as an opportunity to be embraced and celebrated. In Glorious Shade, she shares a calendar of seasonal tasks and delights, a plant directory of brilliant choices, and time-tested techniques for designing and maintaining a shade garden.

“Jenny Rose Carey simplifies the complexities of shade. This beautifully illustrated book glorifies the picturesqueness of green while giving practical advice on bringing color to dark areas.”

—Bill Thomas, executive director of Chanticleer, author of The Art of Gardening

“The book feels like you are learning all about shade gardening from your favorite, chatty neighbor. It covers a lot of ground, from the usual seasonal interest, plant selection and design perspective. But it also covers types of shade, seasonal shade shifts, soil improvement, what to plant when there’s root competition, maintenance, pests and diseases, deer resistance and more.”

—The Oregonian

“For anyone planning a shade garden, this book is a must. It will inspire you to start digging.”

—Holly Shimizu, former executive director, U.S. Botanic Garden


Glorious Shade:

Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden

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