General Gardening

  • 1001 Plants You Must Grow Before You Die

    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.

  • Adagio

    Adagio is a charming treatise on slow gardening and the importance of slowing down and enjoying life.

    At the same time, it has an environmental message regarding living ethically and sustainably. This message is delivered in Trisha Dixon's inimitable style, as she seamlessly blends personal anecdote with musings and facts, drawing on her gardening background and her wide-ranging interests in philosophy, music, art, nature and the environment.

    Adagio will appeal to gardeners and dreamers alike – anyone, in fact, who yearns for a more environmentally-attune life.

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  • Adventurous Gardener
    In this gardening classic the adventurous Christopher Lloyd takes us on a tour through the garden, stopping to lecture here, to exhort there and to overturn the old and accepted when his experience prompts him.

    He advises on cuttings, on pruning, on top-dressing, on the art of compromise; considers the qualities of evergreen broadleaves and shrubs for mixed borders; takes another look at Miss Jekyll.

    He ponders, suggests, delves, explains and ruminates, holds up for scrutiny, always delighting you with the sharpness of his observations.
  • Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers
    Organized by common garden topics and designed to be easily dipped in and out of, The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers offers nuggets of wisdom based on Teri Dunn Chace's years of hands-on gardening experience. Advice is humorously supported by delightful illustrations. This accessible guide will transform an anxious gardener into an informed, confident, successful gardener with a mistake-free garden.

    The book's 24 chapters tackle every kind of gardening disaster, whether it has to do with plants, tools and techniques, or general care and maintenance.
  • Armchair Book of Gardens

    This collection of text and visuals looks at gardens from many angles, celebrating their sensual, practical, spiritual, aesthetic, social and even political dimensions.

    Writers from around the world call to mind the garden in its many incarnations, sometimes light-heartedly, sometimes wittily, sometimes expressing regret or sorrow. Like a garden itself, this title blooms with a variety of exciting offerings, providing flowery fantasies, patches of wildness, sensuous surprises and satisfaction for the soul.

  • Backyard Blaze
    From moon-gazing to fire-building, this is the complete 'how-to' on campside culture with information on camp songs, scary stories, making a drum, stick cuisine (hotdogs, marshmallows), waffle irons, tin foil cookery, wood, stoking the clay chimenea, brick hearth or copper fire pit . . . and lots of fascinating fire lore.
  • Chasing the Rose

    The fascinating and delightful tale of Andrea di Robilant's search for a fabled antique rose – a story that takes us back to the time of Josephine Bonaparte and into some of the most outstanding rose gardens of Europe.

    In search of the identity of the anonymous rose, Di Robilant finds himself captivated by rose-o-philes through time – from Lucia and her dear friend Josephine Bonaparte to the brilliant Eleonora Garlant, whose garden of nearly 1500 species is one of the most significant in Europe – and by the old roses themselves, each of which has a tale to tell.

  • Constant Gardener
    A superbly illustrated & indispensible guide to creating, enjoying & maintaining a garden infused with the deep knowledge & insights that come from years of tending, photographing & writing about gardens, large & small. Filled with tips & titbits: eg '. . . many (UK) councils have outlawed this maligned conifer, over which there have been tens of thousands of court cases, a murder & a suicide.'

    'There are gardening books & athere are gardening books & this one is full of wonderful prose & important information to enthrall constant gardeners' The Age
  • Dig Deeper

    Dig Deeper is the definitive gardening manual for the modern gardener.

    Guiding you through the seasons, each chapter is divided into four parts: annuals, perennials and bulbs; grasses, groundcovers and climbers; shrubs and trees; and herbs, fruit and vegetables.

    Containing step-by-step projects, feature plants, and advice and information on everything from the more unusual cultivars and creating heirloom crops to using grey water and groundcovers to beat soil erosion, Dig Deeper provides answers for all your garden and plant-related queries.

  • Flower Hunters
    From the Douglas fir and the monkey-puzzle tree to exotic orchids and azaleas, many of the plants that are familiar to us today were found in distant regions of the globe, and often in wild and unexplored country where hunger, disease, hostile locals, and death were very real hazards. Such specimens, smuggled home by flower hunters like Carl Linnaeus, Joseph Banks, David Douglas, Richard Spruce, and Marianne North, and laid the foundations for breakthroughs in our understanding of the natural world. This is the story of eleven of those hunters.
  • Garden

    Garden is a lavishly photographed celebration of renowned Australian landscape designer William Dangar's unique and highly creative approach to garden making and a journey through a series of 21 inspiring, emotive and lyrical gardens.

    Each garden is photographed at its optimum moment – not when newly planted, but when nature has reasserted itself and there is a certain expressiveness, a sense of wildness, breaking through the original structure and order. Each project is described through Will's frank perspective, chronicling the challenges, the planting choices, the collaborations, the relationships and the joy that make these gardens significant.

  • Garden Journal
    This trusty journal acts as a useful reminder of the seasonal tasks that need to be done. It is also an inspirational source of information, covering such topics as cottage garden favourites, foliage colour, sculptural and dramatic plants and herb and vegetable growing. And, there is plenty of space to record personal gardening details and to store recipes for cooking garden produce and other information gleaned from magazines and the Internet.
  • Garden Photography Workshop

    One of the most rewarding aspects of gardening is sharing its beauty, both physically with those who visit and virtually with those who only see it on a screen. But capturing a garden's true essence is difficult, and often the moments worth sharing are ephemeral.

    In The Garden Photography Workshop, internationally known garden photographer Andrea Jones shares the trade secrets that make her photos sing. You'll learn the basic photography skills and tips on using a range of camera equipment, covering everything from DSLRs to smartphones and accessories. Profiles of real gardens from around the world exemplify the most common problems a photographer can face, like harsh light, wet weather and cramped spaces, along with advice and techniques for addressing specific concerns.

  • Gardener's Latin

    Every gardener needs to know their Latin names. They may look confusing at first, but once you understand what certain key words mean, impenetrable-sounding and hard-to-pronounce species names are suddenly demystified.

    Many Latin names hide the secrets of where a plant is found, its colour, flowering times, leaf pattern, natural habitat and all sorts of other information that's extremely useful to the gardener: if you want a plant for a shady place, choose one with a name ending in sylvestris ('of woods'), while if your garden is dry, look out for the suffix epigeios ('of dry places').

    More than just a dictionary of plant names, this fascinating book explains the meaning of hundreds of Latin plant terms, grouped into handily themed sections such as plants that are named after famous women, plants that are named after the shape of their leaves, plants that are named after their fragrance or the time of year that they flower.

    You'll learn that Digitalis purpurea (the common foxglove) is purple, that the sanguineum in Geranium sanguineum means 'bloody' (its common name is the bloody cranesbill), and to steer clear of any plant whose Latin name ends in infestus.

  • Gardener's Q&A

    Containing 500 of the questions most commonly asked by gardeners worldwide and each one answered by a member of the National Gardening Association. A desktop resource for all levels of experience, it tackles a wide range of topics, from planting seedlings to removing slugs and other pests.

    Four main chapters:

    • The Basics

    • Landscape Gardening

    • Flower Gardening

    • Food Gardening

    Further subdivided into subsections such as Climate and Weather, Composting, Lawns and Ground Covers, Roses, Bulbs, Fruits and Herbs.

  • Gardening for Beginners

    A charming introduction to gardening for absolute beginners, with simple instructions for plants that anyone can grow – even without a garden!

    Step-by-step illustrated instructions show children how to grow flowers, herbs and food such as sunflowers, lettuce and even potatoes. A wonderful introduction to gardening and where food comes from.

    Recommended for ages 6+.

  • Gardening Lab for Kids

    A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own patch of earth, Gardening Lab for Kids encourages children to get outside and enjoy nature.

    This fun and creative book features 52 plant-related activities set into weekly lessons, beginning with learning to read maps to find your heat zone, moving through seeds, soil, composting, and then creating garden art and appreciating your natural surroundings.

    Author Renata Fossen Brown guides your family through fun opportunities learning about botany, ecology, the seasons, food, patience, insects, eating and cooking. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on outdoor experiences. The lessons are open-ended to be explored over and over-with different results each time!

    Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises. So, slip on your muddy clothes, and get out and grow!

  • Genealogy for Gardeners

    Genealogy for Gardeners presents the enormous diversity shown by the many families of plants in a way that is easy to understand, whether one's interest lies in natural history or with horticulture.

    • Superb illustrations make it exceptionally attractive and accessible book
    • Information boxes highlight interesting facts, unexpected relationships, botanical curiosities and notable members of plant family groups
    • Readers can make sense of the enormous biological diversity of the plant kingdom, by piecing together family likenesses and genealogical connections