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“The garden of the future will be a shade garden.” This strong declarative statement from Ken Druse envelops everything within the pages of his latest book, The New Shade Garden.

Many consider Druse to be one of the original gurus of gardening in concert with nature. And perhaps more than most of us, he has had to face the very real consequences of a changing climate. In recent years his New Jersey garden has suffered a series of climatic assaults—record flooding, heat waves, freak ice storms, and shifting bloom cycles that upset seasonal displays yet always seem to favor more weeds.

After more than 20 years and with 19 titles to his credit, Druse has our attention. Ever wonder what the difference is between light shade, filtered light, and medium shade? Or full shade and woodland shade for that matter. Druse provides clear working definitions that underpin his text and supplies the language for creating dynamic planting combinations that shift and morph with the seasons.

His description of the natural anatomy of a woodland helps readers understand the interrelatedness of plants grown in community. Extensive lists organized by plant type—trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, a...


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