Planning & Design

  • Avant Gardeners

    The 50 most exciting and innovative contemporary garden-and-landscape design practices in the world – 474 colour photos, plans and profiles each designer's work:

    • Conceptualist landscape pioneer Martha Schwartz's ground-breaking designs
    • Claude Cormier's visionary show gardens
    • Ken Smith's audacious public spaces
    • Shunmyo Masuno's serenely intimate designs

    Topical essays explore the underlying principles of these highly individualistic approaches (Lipstick Forest, Garter Snake Walkway). With 100+ projects, this encyclopaeda of the most advanced contemporary thinking in garden design, offers inspiration to practitioners and enthusiasts.

  • Backyard Blueprints
    This book is unique in its mixture of down-to-earth design advice and inspiring creative ideas for gardens to suit different tastes, situations and lifestyles. David Stevens demystifies the stages of designing a garden, yet the result is a mixture of the most imaginative and beautiful plans, features and planting. Colour phot.
  • Beds & Borders

    A collection of the most popular design ideas, planting solutions and quick front and backyard fixes that the editors of Fine Gardening magazine have to offer. The book offers easy planting solutions for creating gardens that add colour and texture, help zone a property and offer maximum impact for minimum investment of time and money.

    Whether the goal is as ambitious as a front yard makeover or as simple as a little spruce-up around the mailbox, Beds and Borders is packed with eye-catching garden designs, advice on choosing the best plants and strategies for keeping plants healthy and lush all season long.

  • Blueprints for Harmonious Gardens
    Create a tranquil haven by learning how to place benches, birdbaths, statuary and unusual plantings at focal points in a pleasing location, at the perfect height, and in an eye-catching way. From trompe l'oeil illusions to enfilade (view through a view), every idea is achievable and attractive. Colour plans/photos galore. Previously published as Beautiful by Design.
  • Classic Garden Plans

    These 16 garden plans are inspired by the world's most famous and bewitching gardens:

    • Jekyll's Edwardian colour borders

    • Hidcote Manor's topiary room

    • Frank Lloyd Wright's abstract desert patterns and pure lines

    • Monet's water garden...

    Each design can be realised in the smallest of spaces, each is practical to maintain, each is a recipe that can be easily followed or adapted: clear planting plans, directions on building, laying out, planting and caring for the garden, a list of suitable plants. Colour photos.

  • Color in Garden Design
    This book will help you understand what colour is, how it is affected by elements in the garden, and how colours can be combined to create beautiful gardens. You will learn:
    * Why colour is not always what it seems
    * How to assess a garden for colour design
    * How light, texture and point of view affect colour
    * How to choose colours for beautiful combinations
    * The basics of colour theory
    * How various systems of colour classification can help you think and talk about colour more effectively.
  • Contemporary Color in the Landscape
    Contemporary Color in the Landscape explores the whole spectrum of colour: how we perceive and respond to colour, how to design with colour, how to manipulate contrast and create intensity with saturation, how to maximize impact by minimizing colour, how to find your own personal colour combinations, and how colour is viewed in nature.

    Supported by more than 300 stunning photographs, Contemporary Color in the Landscape integrates cutting-edge designers, their landscapes, colour theory, new design ideas, and gorgeous photography into one inspirational, instructional, and must-have guide for design professionals.

  • Covering Ground
    43 Fun & funky first-time projects & activities to get you gardening. Crystal-clear directions and colour photos for:
    * Create gardens for the senses, for cats, a community garden, a garden refuge
    * Use containers for trees, water gardens
    * Try a natural container (tree crotch, log) or craft funky, recycled ones
    * Make a dinosaur garden or not-so-scary-scarecrows.

    Trains you on how to be water-wise; tell good bugs from bad bugs; easy projects (growing berries) and more.
  • Creating a Low-Allergen Garden
    Complete guide to causes, symptoms and preventative measures for all allergy sufferers. How to design, plant and maintain a low-allergen garden as beautiful as any conventional planting. Whatever your plot size or setting, one of the world's leading specialists on low-allergen gardens demonstrates countless ways of bringing colour, texture and form to the garden, excluding every plant known to cause an allergic reaction. A-Z directory of plants to avoid and plants to substitute.
  • Creating Rain Gardens

    A comprehensive book covering everything from rain barrels to simple living roofs, permeable patios and other low-tech affordable ways to save water in the garden.

    With step-by-step instructions for designing and building swales, French drains, rain gardens and ephemeral ponds – the building blocks of rain-catching gardens.

    From soil preparation, planting, troubleshooting and maintenance, to selecting water-loving plants that provide four-season interest and a habitat for wildlife and more!

  • Design Ideas for Your Garden

    Inspiration from the UK's finest gardens is paired with practical information on how to apply design elements and planting styles to suit any garden or space. From the grand lakes at Stowe and the sculpted yew hedges at Powys Castle through to the wildflowers at Thomas Hardy's cottage and the herb-filled kitchen garden at Avebury Manor, the gardens of the National Trust are a fantastic source of inspiration for gardeners of any level.

    This book shows how different elements in the National Trust's gardens can be applied to any garden, whether it is large space or just a window box. National Trust head gardeners provide unique insights and tips throughout, explaining how to apply their expertise to reinterpret a garden while still retaining one's own individual creative style.

    There are chapters covering how to introduce design elements of structure and texture, what to plant in each season to bring colour, various water elements, pots and containers, delicious edible planting, and wild gardens that will thrive throughout the year. This practical guide is a sumptuously illustrated, inspirational source of creative ideas that can be adopted and adapted to suit all gardens, no matter what their size, shape or budget.

  • Designing the New Landscape
    "The landscape book of the decade" - The Architects' Journal. Once the possession of the wealthy, landscape design has become available to all. Discover how landscape design evolved over the 20th century and what this points to in the future. 40 designs worldwide, and the designers, are viewed in six ways:
    * Perceptions of cultural context
    * Responses to urban scene
    * Structured landscape
    * Subjective vision
    * Relating to architecture
    * Reconditioning nature.

    291 photos, plans, 106 colour.
  • Disobedient Gardens

    Landscape designer Michael Cooke presents five of his superbly designed gardens, including his own, which are illustrated by the lyrically beautiful photographs of coauthor Brigid Arnott.

    The selected landscapes encapsulate the characteristics he considers vital in the making of a truly beautiful, liveable garden. They have a distinct 'voice' of their own, reflecting not only the personality and style of the owners, but also the longstanding relationship and emotional connection between the owners and Michael, who has maintained and developed the gardens over many years.

    Significantly, they all feature elements of wildness combined with a degree of order. These characteristics lend the gardens great character and texture: the landscapes may be magnificent, but they all have an organic quality, imperfections, amid a degree of 'disobedience' that makes them distinctive and compelling.

  • Easy Gardening

    Jane Nicholas and The Duchess of Beaufort make beautiful planting easy by giving 'recipes' for a variety of garden situations. Each recipe (can be used in any sized plot) has a shopping list of what plants you need and how many of each to buy.

    A planting plan shows how to position them and you get all you need to know to look after them. Highly praised!

  • Garden Design Solutions

    Award-winning garden designer Stephen Woodhams demonstrates how to make the most of any outside space, whether it is a typical urban garden, exposed roof terrace or shady courtyard.

    Drawing on his many years of experience designing gardens of all sizes in different climates around the world, Stephen shares his expertise and offers clever design solutions for all types of outdoor spaces in a range of styles. Illustrated with inspiring photographs, plans and three-dimensional visuals of some of his practice's most celebrated projects, Stephen gives advice on everything from conceiving a scheme and planning the layout to choosing surfaces, materials and furnishings that will make your garden an extension of your home that can be enjoyed all year.

    There are ideas for devising planting schemes that will provide colour, texture and scent through the seasons, and advice on how to make your garden environmentally friendly and create points of interest with arches, water features and other structures. There are also many techniques for using scale and proportion to create the illusion of greater volume.

    Case studies offer detailed insights into exemplary garden layouts, design choices and planting plans, illustrating clever solutions for incorporating all your requirements into your outside space.

  • Garden Designers at Home
    We may be familiar with the gardens designers have created for their clients, but what happens in their own backyards? This fascinating book takes a look at the gardens of some of the world's most influential designers, investigating how they differ from their commissioned work, the design process and how they reflect their owner's design philosophy. Including: James Alexander-Sinclair *Isabel & Julian Bannerman *Sue Berger *Mien Ruys *Joe Swift * Christine Orel *Ulf Nordfjell *Arrabella Lennox-Boyd and more.
  • Garden DIY Boundaries

    This title provides a thorough grounding in basic garden landscaping skills and offers a host of projects to show how to put them into practice.

    Ideal for experienced and novice DIY enthusiasts alike, it covers a wide range of different garden boundaries: walls, fences, trellis, screens, claddings, living boundaries and entrances. The book features:

    • 20 Contemporary projects
    • Step-by-step text
    • Caters for all Budgets


    • Walls & Edgings; Soil-filled Stone, Block & Render …
    • Fences; Post & Rail, Picket …
    • Trellis, Screens and Claddings; Glass, Split Bamboo …
    • Living Boundaries; Willow Wall, Window in Hedge
    • Entrances; Timber Door, Rustic Gate … more

  • Garden Getaways
    Why go overseas when you can build a private sanctuary in a neglected portion of your yard. Glowing colour photos shows 8 low-maintenance retreats being built with commentary by Discovery Home Channel's Garden Police co-host. He also explains how to tailor them to your needs:
    * Tropical Fishing Village
    * French Quarter
    * Bavarian Hillside
    * Tuscan Resort
    * Southwest US
    * Provence
    * Miami Deco
    * Olde England.
  • Grounds for Improvement

    Learn how to turn your outdoor spaces into beautiful havens just like the DYIers on this popular show by screening a porch, removing a concrete walkway and patio, creating a stone slab stairway, building a cedar deck, and more.

    Just look at the colour plan, equip yourself with the tools and supplies listed, and follow the clear step-by-step colour photos and directions for satisfying results.

  • Habitat Garden

    Shows readers how to design and create a garden full of Australian native plants that, in turn will encourage insects and animals to thrive. It advises on how to select and propagate native plants, manage weeds and pests, and gives direction on projects, such as building a multipurpose pond. Includes:

    • Layered planting
    • Waterwise gardening
    • Healthy mulching
    • Non-chemical pest management
    • Providing refuge, nesting and water, and limiting threats to native species
    • Dealing with difficult conditions (wind, salt, aridity, etc.)