In a world where suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, Habitat is a practical guide for those who want to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into the garden.
The author shows how to design, plant and maintain fauna-friendly landscapes, stressing the importance of understanding how all aspects of the backyard ecosystem are interlinked in order to create a truly authentic and effective habitat. This information-packed resource includes a detailed plant directory; information on what plants (native and exotic) suit what creatures and why; and advice on how to factor in the shelter, nesting, food and water requirements of different types of wildlife.
A practical projects chapter features step-by-step instructions for soil testing; making compost tea; building and planting a frog pond; and constructing nesting boxes and insect hotels.$39.99
For years dahlias have been dismissed for being garish, gaudy additions to gardens and arrangements, but when you find the right variety it's hard to think of a better garden plant or a more striking cut flower.
This book will help you unearth the history of the dahlia from its Aztec origins, as well as impart practical know-how. It's a guide to over 60 beautiful varieties to find out when they bloom, their size and, of course, what they'll look like. Including classics life Cafe au Lait, to lesser know varieties like Karma Choc and Moonfire, you'll discover a stunning range of specimens from pompoms to heavy-headed dinner plates, to those that resemble daisies, sea anemones and even fireworks!
With contemporary commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow advice and glorious photography, this book will appeal to everyone who appreciates the forgotten glory of the dahlia.$39.99
Fleur McHarg is one of the most in-demand florists and floral arrangers in Australia. She brings over 25 years of experience in creating unique floral arrangements for every kind of event imaginable, and colours it with her unique take on colour, the personalities of flowers and why there are some things you should never do.
In The Flower Expert she shares her astute flower philosophy, including:
- Over 30 of her favourite flowers and how to use them
- Why some combinations work and others don't
- How to select a base and blend colours for a flower arrangement
Come on a botanical safari with The Planthunter and meet 24 of the most interesting and passionate people living and working with plants in Australia, New Zealand and the US.
From street gardens in LA to grand country estates in Auckland; tiny rental gardens in Sydney to plant packed suburban Brisbane backyards, The Planthunter is a journey underpinned by curiosity and care. The book takes readers into the garden – a place of respite, shelter and connection – and shows that the benefits of connecting with nature through gardening are not restricted by space or experience. They’re found in the simple acts of hands touching earth, seeds being planted and flowers being picked. Gardening is for everyone.
This book is an exciting, seductive and refreshing call to arms. It’s a new generation of gardening book for a new generation of gardener; encouraging readers to fall in love with the natural world through falling in love with plants.$59.99
Vertical Vegetables shows you a thing or two about growing up. Gardening vertically, that is. With practical principles and the incisive background information you'll need to start, it shows you how to build nearly two dozen growing structures, including trellises, arbours, archways, wall pockets, towers and more.
Bigger yields per square foot may be the main reason for vertical growing, but vertical gardens also offer opportunities that go beyond the purely functional – they can be beautiful, too. Among the many projects, the author has included several that are eye-wideningly stunning, especially once the garden has matured. Freestanding or wall-hung, the projects reflect a wide variety of building materials including dimensional lumber, metal re-bar, fabric and even "upcycled" everyday objects.
Vertical Vegetables is packed with important information, including lists of plants that are best suited for vertical growing. This beautiful project book is your key to more garden produce and improved outdoor living in any space, from tiny and urban, to large and sprawling.$32.99
In breathtaking images and insightful essays, Gardens on the Edge explores 18 Australian gardens that are defined by extraordinary horizons. Each of the featured landscapes – from every state and territory, from outback to city – is situated on the edge of a natural frontier: rainforest, desert, bushland, river, mountain range, volcanic crater lake, coast, harbour, saltbush plains.
In another sense, Australian gardens and their owners are always 'on the edge' in dealing with the endless vagaries of nature, from drought to dust, fires to flood. In telling the stories of the gardens and their owners, Christine Reid reveals the diversity and character of the Australian continent – and celebrates the imagination and resilience of those who have met the challenges of creating, reconstructing or restoring their 'vision splendid' in an ancient and often-unforgiving land.$59.99