Planning & Design

  • Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks

    This intimate glimpse into the private sketchbooks of the world's leading landscape and garden designers reveals a dazzling array of insights and ideas that will inspire the amateur and practitioner alike.

    Thirty-seven international designers carefully selected by the design critic behind the Chelsea Fringe have opened their sketchbooks specially for this publication. Featuring hundreds of drawings and illustrations as diverse as their creators, Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks is a continual source of inspiration for planting, design elements, colour schemes and materials, encouraging weekend gardeners, design professionals and students to draw their ideas by hand.

  • Landscaping with Perennials
    Although these are US guides there is very little that can't be applied here, and since they're filled with detailed info, charts and projects not available in similar Australian guides, their content makes them well worth the price. Easy-to-read text, tips, hints and all the materials and tools you'll need to do the projects. 300+ captioned colour photos (many stepped sequences).
  • Mediterranean Landscape Design
    Today's artists, sculptors, designers, architects and gardeners explore age-old vernacular materials, skills and sites to produce extraordinary landscape art.

    Illustrated with hundreds of exceptional photographs and drawing on thirty years of exploration, this book offers a fresh vision on the Mediterranean, past and future, linking cultural diversity and natural balance as discovered in its gardens, landscape design, literature, art and architecture.
  • Miniscapes

    Terrariums are the perfect type of garden for the apartment or city dweller starved of nature and lacking space, time or patience for maintenance.

    This book will guide you step-by-step through the process of putting together your own beautiful living sculpture that can be adored all year round, whatever the weather outside.

    Miniscapes covers all the basics of soil and rocks, moss, tools, propagation, choosing your plants and containers and assembling your tiny landscape. You will learn the skills to create and maintain your own healthy happy terrariums that are cheap to create and super easy to maintain.

    The 16 projects cover four different biomes: Desert, Forest, Carnivorous and Air plants. Each project can be adapted to use equipment you already have at home, tapping into the upcycled/recycled trend.

  • Modern Tropical Garden Design

    A recognised authority on tropical garden design and architecture Made Wijaya is the designer of over 600 tropical gardens including such notable gardens as Florida's Naples Botanical Garden and the Bali Hyatt.

    With a winning combination of inspiration and information he book offers an overview of the philosophies of tropical design as well as practical guidance in areas such as water features, paving, lighting, furniture and artwork.

  • My Garden is a Car Park

    Do you share your garden with a car? Worried that your neighbour’s trees are blocking your light? Is your garden too big? Too small? An awkward shape? Or maybe you just don’t know where to begin…

    Whether you are grappling with a particular dilemma or just need some inspiration, this guide leads the way forward with sharp design advice and beautiful images. Read this book and the prospect of tackling your own garden will seem suddenly less daunting and more fun.

  • Native

    Native offers planting palettes and design themes, gardening techniques and inspiration for an original and exciting perspective on the very best of Australian local flora.

    The authors explore the unique beauty and resilience of Australia’s native plants. Known for their absolute versatility and hardiness in the garden, native plants also offer up original forms for cut flowers and sculpture. Chapters cover topics such as: Feature Foliage, Sculptural Forms, Pliability, Shady Spaces and Flowering Meadows.

  • New Shade Garden

    There is a new generation of gardeners who are planting gardens not only for their visual beauty but also for their ability to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In The New Shade Garden, Ken Druse provides this generation with a comprehensive guide to creating a shade garden with an emphasis on the adjustments necessary for our changing climate.

    He offers advice for common problems facing today’s gardeners and offers advice on all aspects of the gardening process such as designing your own garden, pruning trees, preparing soil for planting and the vast array of flowers and greenery that grow best in the shade.

    Perfect for new and seasoned gardeners alike, this wide-ranging encyclopedic manual provides all the information you need to start or improve upon your own shade garden.

  • New Small Garden

    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.

  • New Tech Garden

    A new generation of garden designers now employs modern technologies and materials to create innovative, individualistic gardens to suit today's lifestyles.

    The author, an award winning 'iconoclast' landscaper, examines the potential of metal, plastic, glass, fabric, rubber, water, wind, and more, through the gardens of the world’s top 'new tech' designers – featuring dry ice, smoke machines, wind sculptures, mirrors, giant light boxes, etc.

  • Nonstop Garden

    Create a productive, beautiful garden from the ground up. This easy-to-use guide is in four main parts:

    • The nuts and bolts of designing a mixed garden
    • The garden's main attractions (trees and shrubs)
    • The garden's supporting cast (bulbs, annuals, edibles, and vines)
    • Finishing touches (ornamentation, containers, and garden structures)

    Includes ten fail-safe design plans that can be incorporated into any garden. Choose from a native garden, a scented garden, a gold-colored garden, a garden for wet sites, a vibrant-coloured garden, a cool-coloured garden, a winter garden and a shade garden.

  • Planting Dreams

    Cottage to mansion, balcony to botanic garden, Planting Dreams will change the way you think about Australian gardens.

    Acclaimed garden historian Richard Aitken explores the fascinating environmental and social influences that have helped produce a unique gardening culture in Australia – from thwarted attempts to 'tame' the environment to the streamlined angles of modernist design.

    Drawing on the unparalleled collections of the State Library of New South Wales, the book showcases Australian garden making in all its richness and diversity through a stunning and intriguing mix of paintings, sketches, photographs and prints, from popular culture to high art.

  • Practical Guide to Topiary

    A fascinating insight into the living art of topiary, with step-by-step instructions, spectacular photography and authoritative text.

    Projects show how to clip a spiral, create freehand figures, use topiary frames, train an arch and tame a hedge. Includes simple designs aimed at complete beginners and more ambitious schemes for experienced enthusiasts.

  • Rain Gardens
    Rain gardens are at the forefront of the green revolution.

    This environmentally friendly landscaping captures rainwater runoff rather than redirecting it into storm drains.

    The result is less erosion, less water pollution and a beautiful, low-maintenance, sustainable garden.

    This instructive book offers specific advice about planning, building, planting and maintaining your garden.

    Learn how to calculate runoff, rain barrels, attracting wildlife, gray water recycling and much more.
  • Raised Bed Revolution

    Raised bed gardening is the fastest-growing garden strategy today, and Raised Bed Revolution is its ultimate guidebook. The book includes information about size requirements for constructing raised beds, height suggestions, types of materials you can use and creative tips for fitting the maximum garden capacity into small spaces – including vertical gardening.

    Enhanced with gorgeous photography, this book covers subjects such as growing-medium options, rooftop gardening, cost-effective gardening solutions, planting tips, watering strategies (automatic water drip systems and hand watering) and more. The process of creating and building raised beds is a cinch, too, thanks to the extensive gallery of design ideas and step-by-step projects.

  • Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture & Form

    Breathe new life into your garden! In this friendly guide, Rebecca Sweet offers simple strategies for transforming established plots and empty spaces into the garden of your dreams – a place that soothes your soul and revives your spirits year-round.

    Start by identifying problems with your current plantings (such as clashing colours, lack of flow and "one-of-each-itis"), then learn how to inject new life using artful combinations of colour, texture and form. At the back of the book, you'll find a thoughtfully curated selection of 78 plants perfect for creating key elements of harmony in your garden.

    You don't need to be a professional landscaper to put these concepts into play. With this book as your guide, turning blah spaces into breathtaking places becomes fun, easy and rewarding!

  • Small Green Roofs

    Until now, the green roof movement has been limited to large-scale, professional endeavors and public buildings. But homeowners everywhere are catching onto the benefits of a green roof – water conservation, energy savings and storm water management.

    Small Green Roofs profiles ordinary homeowners who scaled green roofs down to the domestic level. More than 40 profiles of small and domestic-scale projects of all shapes and sizes including green roofs on sheds, garden offices, studios, garages, houses, bicycle sheds and other small structures, as well as several community projects. For each project, details are given for design, construction, and installation, as well as how-to tips on how the roof was planted and cared for.

    For readers looking for inspiration when hiring a contractor or taking the adventurous step of building their own, Small Green Roofs provides the knowledge and encouragement to make it possible.

  • Small Private Gardens
    See how landscape architects have solved the urban garden space problem with 140+ colour photos, and plans, of some of the most recent, and interesting, small private garden spaces around the world. Innovative layout concepts and creative decoration ideas abound in chapters on water, architecture, vegetation, furniture.
  • Success with Water-Saving Gardens

    Fabulous displays of plants are possible even though climate change affects us increasingly. This book outlines the many ways you can conserve water and shows how to adapt your planting to include plants that thrive in arid conditions.

    An A–Z directory provides the best drought-loving plants to choose from.