For most homeowners, shrubs are an essential ingredient in the yard or garden: they can provide shade, flowers, and attractive foliage from spring through fall (or year-round if they’re evergreen). They’re also invaluable for screening the neighbors or blocking eyesores, and they contribute a sense of solidity and permanence to the garden. Unfortunately, the choices available at many garden centers tend to be at best predictable and at worst unsuited to the local climate and growing conditions. The result is thousands of cookie-cutter landscapes that deaden the eye with their stultifying sameness.
It doesn’t have to be that way. The superior plants available today can transform ho-hum gardens into scenes of beauty and serenity. For decades, the Gossler family has made it their business to test, propagate, and sell the very best hardy shrubs from around the world. This book is a distillation of their expertise, a guide to more than 350 of the most beautiful, versatile, and growable shrubs. Included are time-tested favorites such as Japanese maples, witch hazels, and magnolias, as well as less common (but equally garden-worthy) shrubs such as Japanese aralia and corylopsis. Plant profiles describe the plant’s main characteristics, give its height and spread, and list the growing conditions the plant needs to thrive. The Gosslers’ first-hand experience with each plant is evident: they know what makes a good shrub, and they generously share that knowledge.
As inspiring as it is practical, this is truly an insider’s guide that will help you turn a dreary yard into a varied and beautiful home landscape, and make you a better gardener, to boot.
What a joy to proffer a meaningful salute to a great nursery that for years has offered the jewels of the plant world to gardeners across the United States…The Gossler imprimatur attached to a plant means it is garden worthy. – MIKE DIRR
This book’s warm, friendly, unpretentious voice – and its dry wit – are the same qualities that have made friends for the Gossler family among gardeners throughout the world. It also contains the wisdom of more than 30 years’ experience of woody plants. Their understanding of the garden values of the plants makes this a book both to enjoy for the reading, and to trust. – JOE ECK and WAYNE WINERROWD, authors of Our Life in Gardens
The Gosslers will sign each book bought through this website.
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