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
Make inexpensive projects with a Japanese aesthetic—whether you're an interior designer, avid gardener, small space enthusiast or gardening beginner!
Colourful and hardy succulent plants are perfect for creating Japanese-style Bonsai and Ikebana arrangements. Stylish Succulents presents a totally new approach to container gardening. Every design is carefully explained using detailed step-by-step instructions and photos:
- How to choose succulents and containers to match your personal space and mood
- How to utilize empty wall spaces to make dramatic hanging planters
- How to make a lovely wreath for the holidays
- How to create thoughtful and inexpensive succulent gifts for plant lovers
Gardeners of every level can create these miniature works of art using with relatively little time and money. The possibilities are truly endless!$24.99
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
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
The walled garden was once an essential component of every country house, its shelter providing ideal conditions for growing food, flowers and medicine. This book from the National Trust looks at walled gardens throughout England and Wales and explores their history, innovative design and cultural heritage.
Walled gardens are a feature of British gardening history. In the late 18th century, gardens became status symbols, with aristocrats vying to grow ever more exotic fruits – ushering in innovations such as glasshouses and even heated walls. With the First and Second World Wars many of these gardens fell into disrepair, but renovated ones feature at many key National Trust properties and remain a source of pride and fascination today.$29.99
Planting vegetables and flowers together is one of the oldest ways to create a healthy, bountiful garden, but there's more to the method than you might think. Vegetables Love Flowers will walk you through the ins and outs of companion planting, from how it works to which plants go together and how to grow the best garden for your climate.
With the right information and some careful planning, you can help your plants thrive – and beautify your garden in the process.$28.99