Additional Book Reviews
“Thoroughly researched and chock full of valuable cultural, historical, and design information on shrubs, I know this book will be my go-to reference guide. Well done!”
Gregg Tepper – Horticulturist at Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries
“Eva Monheim’s Shrubs & Hedges is a beautiful work highlighting the utilization, selection, development and care of shrubs for both professional and home settings. With years of experience as an instructor, arborist, floral designer, artist, and author, Monheim brings her skills and knowledge together with this comprehensive guide loaded with marvelous images and illustrations. Monheim expertly weaves personal anecdotes and tidbits of historical context throughout her work, adding a component of interest that speaks to the reader beyond the page.
Each chapter is clearly organized with details regarding every aspect of shrubs, including history and uses, nomenclature and taxonomy, morphology and characteristics, native and ornamental selections and new introductions, landscape design and site selection for shrubs and hedges, tools, proper pruning, care and maintenance, propagative methods, profitability for growers, pollinator and wildlife stewardship, and an extensive guide to resources for selection and purchase of shrubs.
Shrubs & Hedges is a sophisticated reference tool presented in a functional format well suited for professional growers, educators, and horticulture/landscape architect students. Detailed terminology is clearly conveyed for home gardeners and hobbyists. Monheim’s personal narration is heartwarming - her passion is contagious as it connects science with artistic design and love of the natural world.”
Cindy Ahern – Naturalist, Adjunct Professor of Horticulture – Temple University
“Shrubs and hedges are often taken for granted by professional horticulturists and garden owners alike. However, this invaluable book celebrates them, with readable and fascinating details about a range of species suitable for individual locations. The author’s passion and experience shine through in the text. Detailed information is included for each cultivar, hybrid, and/or selection, its suitability for specific sites, sound growing and pruning tips, and its place in ecological landscape, along with tool care, reference material, and more. Undoubtedly Shrubs and Hedges will become a significant reference book for years to come.”
Ruth Rogers Clausen – Author of 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, Essential Perennials, and Perennials for American Gardens