From Publishers Weekly
This illustrated collection features 750 varieties of hostas: those "exotic, luxuriant-leafed perennials," as HRH The Prince of Wales describes in his preface, that have spread their way into gardens and greenhouses everywhere. Originally cultivated in Japan, the hardy plants form a protruding lily-like bloom among clumps of heart-shaped leaves in a rainbow of huesfrom the "Blue Clown" to the "Gold Regal" to the slightly variegated sage and white "Abba Irresistible." In entries organized by color, hosta specialist Grenfell reviews the special needs and features of each, also offering advice on designing beds and containers and combating pests and diseases. Appendices include hardiness zone maps for Europe and North America, suggestions for how to use and where to see hostas, and a glossary. Shadracks sumptuous photographs form a bright centerpiece for this comprehensive guide.
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Grenfell ... has produced a worthy reference for readers on both continents.Carol Bishop Miller, Horticulture, December 2005 (Horticulture
They [the authors] have produced an authoritative guide to the hardy, sturdy plant that nearly everybody seems to have at least a few of (some have hundreds).Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, December 19, 2004 (Chicago Tribune
This well-illustrated encyclopedia contains color photographs of over 750 of the finest hosta varieties. Grenfell's hostas knowledge and Shadrack's striking photographs combine to make this the definitive volume.M.S. Muskiewicz, Choice, September 2004 (Choice