Do you share your garden with a car? Worried that your neighbour’s trees are blocking your light? Is your garden too big? Too small? An awkward shape? Or maybe you just don’t know where to begin…
Whether you are grappling with a particular dilemma or just need some inspiration, this guide leads the way forward with sharp design advice and beautiful images. Read this book and the prospect of tackling your own garden will seem suddenly less daunting and more fun.$27.99
Creating colour and interest in a small urban garden by growing a range of flowers and other decorative plants brings with it many rewards. The most local, seasonal flowers, which are the most satisfying to give and to display, are the ones you have grown yourself.
Carolyn Dunster shows you how to do this in the smallest of spaces. She also shows you how to use your own blooms, leaves and berries in a range of indoor displays and hand-tied bouquets.$39.99
Small gardens are a challenge to design and to keep looking good. New Small Garden aims to inspire and inform gardeners to make the most of their small spaces by looking at more than 50 contemporary and inspirational gardens, at how their designers have created them and how their owners use and develop them.
The author explains the theory and practice of planting a small garden, advocates on the use of containers, revitalises growing your own and explains design tricks, storage solutions and vertical planting to help small garden owners maximise their small spaces. And lack of space should not limit ambition for embracing sustainability, the use of recycled materials and the scope for bio-diversity as well as providing habitats for wildlife.
Special photography is by Dutch garden photographer and former fashion stylist Maayke de Ridder whose design rigour perfectly complements the author's gardening expertise.$39.99
In The Community Gardening Handbook, Ben Raskin shares his keen expertise to introduce a new wave of collective self-sufficiency, encouraging a community audience to grow food and to garden together.
A look into the background of community gardening and its benefits is followed by a practical guide: planning advice is laid out, alongside essential etiquette tips for running a successful site, and proven ideas for involving the whole neighbourhood. Add a community-minded directory of the top vegetables, flowers, fruit and herbs to plant up, with key tips on growing in containers to maximize your space, and you can get ready to dig in for a community garden that will blossom and thrive for everyone.$19.99
Practical Latin for Gardeners is a timely and useful guide to plant names. It contains 1,500 of the most useful and widespread Latin names, organised into thematic chapters including Colour, Plant Form and Habitat.
Each chapter is divided into smaller groups, such as large plants and small plants, allowing gardeners to make new connections and discoveries in a way standard alphabetical lists simply don't permit. 'Behind the Name' boxes further increase the book's practical value, and botanical watercolours ensure that it is beautiful as well as functional.$24.99
The New Australian Garden is an insider's account of the journey to design, construct and plant 18 landmark gardens that represent a new movement in Australian landscape design – one where the relationship between architecture and garden is paramount.
Landscaper Michael Bates, working alone and in collaboration with some of the greatest design talents in the field, creates spaces that connect indoor to outdoor through masterful use of levels, innovative materials and experimental planting. Traditional lawns are reimagined as contoured sculptural forms, and water and fire pits inject life and energy into open spaces. The resulting gardens are destination spaces, sanctuaries and breathtaking backdrops for everyday life.$59.99