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 in the developed world 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 foundations, delineate property lines, increase privacy, stabilize soils, provide 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:
Eva Monheim is co-founder of Verdant Earth Educators (VEE), a horticulture education and consulting firm. She’s an instructor at the world-famous Longwood Gardens in their Professional Gardening Program where she teaches woody plants and arboriculture. An assistant professor at Temple University in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture for over twelve years, Eva is also a faculty member at The Barnes Arboretum of St. Joseph University. Professionally educated and trained, she is a horticulturist, certified arborist, master floral designer, artist, and writer. Eva’s articles, designs, and photographs have appeared in national, regional, and local magazines and newspapers, including a long-running column in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Thanks to her many horticultural studies in England, Eva has a global appreciation of garden design and environmental sensitivity.