Book Review: The Book of Little Hostas

The Book of Little HostasThe Book of Little Hostas
by Kathy Guest Shadrack and Michael Shadrack
208 pages
Timber Press, November 2010
List price: $27.95

When I’m asked to review a book about a topic I love, this can be either good or bad (for the author). Good, because I’m already looking forward to reading it. And bad, because I have such high expectations and sometimes they aren’t met. No worries here. It’s all good.

Diminutive hostas are rising stars in the perennial world and it’s not hard to see why. As presented by the husband and wife team of Kathy and Michael Shadrack in The Book of Little Hostas, the case for them is overwhelming. The smaller varieties are versatile, working in the ground, in raised beds, in containers and hanging pots. They’re perfect for borders and fairy gardens. As specimen plants, they hold their own.

Little Hostas profiles 200 of the little guys, including many newer cultivars, with enchanting photographs (all by the authors) depicting their characteristics. The bulk of the book gives suggestions for their use. Included is a section on companion plants that show them off and another details their care. Additional resources are listed for where to find smaller hostas to both view and buy, as well as a list of further reading opportunities.

If you love hostas already, you’ll love this book. If you didn’t love them before, you’ll love this book and little hostas.

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