The thousand-year-old city of Marrakesh is characterised by its pink-coloured pise architecture and its deeply rooted tradition for gardens and green spaces. The majority of historic sites are inextricable from their gardens – or indeed are historic green spaces.
The first book to be published on this fascinating subject, Gardens of Marrakesh champions the city' s relevance today in a world of water scarcity and urban development and explores its green heritage, considering some 20 gardens both from an historic and cultural perspective.$27.99
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
This book offers rare access into the most beautiful and unique gardens in the Mediterranean region designed by renowned landscape architect Jean Mus. From lush coastal estates to peaceful countryside havens to green oases amid the hustle and bustle of the city, these lavish gardens are always perfectly integrated into the surrounding environment and incorporate a rich spectrum of Mediterranean influences, including pottery, slate walkways, sleek water channels and regional flora.
Taking readers on an exclusive tour of the world's most spectacular private Mediterranean gardens, this work guides us through the South of France into Greece and Portugal, divulging the stories behind his creations and sharing technical and reflective anecdotes from the designer himself. Accompanied by stunning photographs, this book offers inspiration to gardeners, landscape artists and lovers of the Mediterranean region.$44.99
This book explores the lives and careers of 40 great gardeners, spanning 500 years and from around the world, revealing what influenced them and how in turn they have influenced us today.The book is organized into four thematic sections.
- Gardens of Ideas moves from the politically allusive gardens of eighteenth-century England to Charles Jencks’s Scottish garden inspired by twenty-first-century cosmography
- Gardens of Straight Lines explores the lives of the great formalist gardeners, from Le Nôtre at Versailles to the rational English minimalism of contemporary designer Christopher Bradley-Hole
- Gardens of Curves opens with that great exponent of the English landscape garden, “Capability” Brown, and moves on to the extraordinary Brazilian designer Roberto Burle Marx
- Gardens of Plantsmanship arcs from the father of naturalistic planting, William Robinson, to the sweeping prairie-style of Piet Oudolf
With images of gardens as they were originally seen, together with portraits of their makers and an outstanding text by the award-winning gardens writer for The Times, this book will appeal to garden lovers everywhere.$59.99
With limited space and time to care for plants, it is important to be selective. 1001 Plants You Must Grow Before You Die features species suitable for the smallest spaces, from windowsills to yards. There are also selections to provide seasonal interest in a suburban plot, as well as tasty edibles for vegetable patches and herb gardens. It will steer you through the hype of marketing to find the most rewarding plants – and, along the way, you'll discover what characteristics to look for when choosing varieties.
The selected plants delight the senses. Edibles produce ripe fruits, tender vegetables, or fresh herbs. Ornamental plants provide beauty in flower, foliage colour, or evocative scents. Some have a pleasing architectural shape or a contrast in texture - from sharp spines on cacti to leaves so soft you can stroke them. Other entries concern suriosities of the plant world that make great talking points.
The flowers, tress and herbs are selected by an expert team of garden writers and plant lovers – but with the home gardener in mind. The book is the equivalent of a knowledgeable friend on hand for when you browse garden centres or search online for seeds and plants. Some of the 1001 are quick to delight; others look after themselves year on year. A further few present rewarding challenges.$49.99
My Tiny Indoor Garden is bursting with exciting ideas and savvy solutions to help you transform any indoor nook or cranny into a peaceful plant paradise. Whether you're looking for a mini kitchen garden or a sun-loving terrarium, there are an amazing collection of indoor and covered spaces.
You'll pick up all the best tips and tricks as each indoor gardener shares their small-scale expertise, from using an array of bottles and jars to create a display of tiny botanical treasures to turning an antique chair into a lavish plant pot. Packed with practical advice, there are pointers on key aspects of green interiors – from caring for leaves to propagating succulents. Plus, practical projects will help you make the most of every inch, whether you decide to master the art of kokedama or create your own terrarium.$29.99