Shrubs

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 02 Jan 2019

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This will be a great guide for many gardeners. It wasn't particularly helpful for me, as I try to plant shrubs that are more unusual, native and edible. The shrubs featured are very traditional ones, with traditional BH&G types of gardens pictured.

Pictures are provided of each variety of shrub featured. However, it would be helpful to have pictures of what the shrubs looked like from a distance to get an idea of their size and structure, since the close-up photos don't give you that kind of feel for how they'd fit into your landscape.

All together, this will be helpful for new homeowners and gardeners not very familiar with landscape shrubs. Those of us who are more inclined towards permaculture and edible landscaping might be better suited with another book.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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Unable to display it properly on my phone, so I can't review it. Since it is very pictorial, I needed to be able to enlarge pages to read it on the phone. I only got very small images which were unreadable.
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Shrubs: Discover the Perfect Plant for Every Place in Your Garden by Andy McIndoe is currently scheduled for release on February 5 2019. This book gives home gardeners the information and advice to help them pick the right shrub for their yard. Shrubs can be the perfect plant; typically low-maintenance, with a variety for nearly every need, and widely available at garden centers and nurseries. This handy guide might make it easier than ever for gardeners to decide which shrubs to add to their space. The book includes shrubs challenging growing conditions, shrubs for restricted planting spaces, and shrubs chosen for their desirable characteristics, including hardiness in shade, difficult soil, and harsh conditions. Plant profiles include complete growing information, color photographs, and recommended companion plants.

Shrubs is a book I should have read years ago. I have areas of my property where I have had a terrible time keeping things thriving or even alive. Thanks to this resource I have a plan to revitalize the border near the street, and the shady area near my magnolia tree. The book is divided by the deciding factors of the area readers are looking to plant in. Each area type, such as shady and damp or drought prone, has description of each recommended shrub and some companion plants that readers might want to consider. The photographs and descriptions were very helpful, as were the details about potential size and hints to give your shrubs the best chance to thrive. I am still undecided as to what I want to plant in my trouble spots, but I have plenty of viable options now.

Shrubs is a well organized and valuable resource for gardeners and homeowners looking to use shrubs in their landscaping. I would recommend libraries and those that work in landscaping or garden related jobs pick it up, but the rest of us should borrow it from our local library as needed.
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This book is full of wonderfully detailed descriptions. If you have an empty area in your landscaping, this book would definitely help you fill it.
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“Shrubs” seems to be the most comprehensive book that I have encountered on planting and caring for shrubs. The color photos were beautiful. The author provides wise advice for many different kinds of locations and the problems inherent in many of them. In addition, suggestions are included for partner plantings. I especially appreciated the section on planting in small gardens and in pots. Excellent reference book for any gardener desiring information on shrubs and their care, a good addition to a gardening library.

I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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This book contains excellent illustrations that will make the gardener want to get outside and do some work to improve the view outdoors. I would recommend this book chiefly as a source of ideas for potential shrubs in the yard and beds, but the photography really is inspiring as well.
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I did not realize that this was  not a book that was going to go to my Kindle.  I do not read books from my large  computer.  I don't know why you insist that I put a rating on a book that I cannot read, so I will have to give it a superficial rating without knowing if it's good or not.  You really should revamp your system.
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Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. 

Great book. It provides detailed info on shrub placement throughout a variety of climates and garden locations. I thought it might be a little long-winded, who wants to read 300 pages about shrubs (spoiler alert. I totally do), but it keeps the reader interested. A useful resource for future gardening projects. Plus it has great pictures and cover. Would Work for a coffee table book. Definite recommend.
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This is a fantastic reference for any would be or experienced gardener.  Plus it is just beautiful to browse through.  There are sections based on different conditions such as shade or type of soil, size of area and plant characteristics such as fragrant or flowering.  There is a photo of each recommended plant along with a paragraph containing facts about the plant and the care required.
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Has some good info. Was a little overwhelming for a novice but well-organized and explained and gorgeous pictures!
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Shrubs by Andy McIndoe

The cover image and title grabbed my attention from the start. I don't know why shrubs never seem to be an exciting part of the garden.  This book made me look at them in a whole new way. The introduction had excellent descriptions of zones and the factors affecting them including wind, slopes, and walls. As a long-time gardener, some of this was new information to me. The photography in the book is beautiful and each section is very detailed.

The plant recommendations included many common shrubs, but there were also some unusual choices as well.  My favorite shrub is the Philadelphus Belle Etoile and it was actually mentioned in the book.  (It is a mock orange with the most delightful odor I have ever experienced.) 

A couple of detractors that I noticed were the recommendations of English Ivy and Butterfly Bushes (both invasive plants in my zone), the Solanium Crispum - nightshade had poisonous berries, but no warning was mentioned (a friend of mine lost some chickens to these berries), and occasionally a reference to a plant in a photo with many plants making it hard to determine the one being discussed.

Overall this was an excellent book that I will be purchasing to add to my garden book collection.  

I received this ARC ebook from NetGalley and Timber Press and Workman Publishing for an unbiased review.
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Absolutely lovely book that is very readable and laid out in a logical and friendly fashion.  The pictures were crisp, clear, and beautiful.  The text of the book flowed well and was easily understandable even for a beginner gardener such as myself.  This book doubles both as pleasure reading and a reference book, especially with the extensive index.  Recommended for anyone interested in what a shrub can do for your outdoor spaces.
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With over 300 pages of information about shrubs, this is a substantial and informative book.
Firstly, we read about choosing and caring for shrubs, then the book is divided into 3 main areas and then sub-divided into sections within : Shrubs for Challenging Growing Conditions, Shrubs for Restricted Planting Space and Shrubs with Desirable Characteristic.
The information is well explained, with fabulous large pictures and each is labelled with its Latin name. The plants are not types that would hard to source and the conditions and growing attributes are explained.
I think this is a great book for a beginner garden as well as one who is experienced as there is a lot of information that is useful and relevant to all gardeners.
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When I hear the word “shrub”, connotations come to mind. As Andy McIndoe explains in Shrubs, most of us have the wrong idea of them and many more plants are shrubs than I realised. With a half page profile on each shrub, I came to understand the variety and value of shrubs to the garden. They are so versatile, long-standing and interesting!

Being in marketing, I found this a particularly interesting point: “In today’s sophisticated retail world, marketing is an important influence on the popularity of a shrub, especially when it is first introduced.”

In addition, there are wonderful planting partner suggestions, guidance on soil and all manner of interesting information. Despite being predominantly a reference book, I found it thoroughly enjoyable, a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale!
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An excellent compendium of shrubs for every type of garden, soil, and climate. Includes care and growing instructions, location recommendations, and lots of full-color photos of varieties of shrubs.
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I know little to nothing when it comes to plants/ My husband is a natural when it comes to being a green thumb. As a novice who wants to know the interworking of plant life and design this book is a huge help. Yes, its designed from a UK background but English gardens and landscapes are legendary pieces of art that any person who loves a beautiful garden can aim to replicate. My advice is to definitely take a peek and read up on what makes Shrubs a worthwhile book.
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This was an exceptional detailed book regarding shrubs. I especially liked the many beautiful photos which accompanied the texts. This allowed the reader to form a visual for their own landscaping adventures. Whether you have an abundance of open spaces, restricted planting spaces, steep slopes and banks, or any other imaginable place, you will find information to suit your needs…and then some. 

This is a great reference book to have on hand for anyone interested in beautifying their surroundings, and along the way, helping the environment.
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It would be difficult for anyone to write a true compendum of shrubs, as there are too many to really do justice.  However, this book is as good as any when seeking a reliable reference on shrubs.  The book contains strategies for selecting, planting and maintenance of shrubs, and then a section with examples of shrubs for various types of growing conditions.  The last section focuses on different types of shrubs with desirable characteristics. While written in Britain, the author does give information for other parts of Europe, the US and Canada, including USDA zones for each shrub mentioned.  

In particular, I like the variety of shrubs mentioned in this book--a good sampling of shrubs for each of the different scenarios.  In addition, the author adds some "companions" (e.g., perennials, annuals and grasses) to place with the shrubs in each section.  Photographs are shared for each of the shrubs, though sometimes the quality is questionable (perhaps this will improve in the published copy).
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Excellent reference book for landscape design.  The author identifies appropriate choices for a variety of challenges including soil types, weather conditions, sun/shade, small and container gardens, as well as shrubs offering a range of desired characteristics.  Plants to attract birds and pollinators or to repel wildlife (deer, rabbits) are also highlighted.  Excellent photography throughout.  Care instructions are included for each shrub as well as suggested companion plants for every category.  Highly recommended for public and horticulture libraries, as well as home gardeners and hobbyists.
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Not being a master gardener, this book was a helpful reference as I debated various bushes and shrubs for my own yard. I was able to go straight to the section that covered my growing conditions and peruse the bushes that would work well for me. Each section includes plants that will work well with these bushes/shrubs as well. The extremely useful information along with beautiful photos make this book a winner for the beginner to intermediate gardener!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this highly informative book! All comments are my own, unbiased opinion.
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