This lifesize guide and essential reference reveals the extraordinary beauty, surprising diversity and importance of seeds to an extent never seen before.
Seeds are often overshadowed by the adult plant’s size and show. Here, 600 seeds are spotlit, each given equal attention, each shown as glorious photographs, life size and in detail, alongside an engraving of the parent plant. Every profile includes a population distribution map, a table of essential information, and a commentary revealing notable characteristics, related species, and a diagnosis of the specimen’s importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, dispersal method, and scientific significance.
Arranged taxonomically, this essential reference reveals the variety and importance of seeds to an extent never seen before.$59.99$34.99
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.$29.99$7.99
"A learned and lively paean to the rhododendron" – Daily Telegraph.
From Aztec pleasure gardens to Chinese medicine cabinets, from sunbaked Kashmiri hillsides to New Zealand's Alpine Peaks - the rhododendron settled, adapted, thrived . . . superbly researched and narrated, this enchanting, often surprising, often funny social study follows the plant's progress globally and across the ages.$24.99$9.99
Nature's gifts of flowers, foliage and fruit celebrated in seasonal and festive displays. A wealth of step-by-step projects for colourful topiary and pomanders includes:
- Hanging rose and cardamom pomanders
- A bridesmaid's pomander bouquet
- Tiny topiary cones of star anise and cinnamon
- Gilded fig pyramid and large, long-lasting trees for dramatic visual impact
- Rose and oregano
- Poppy seedheads
- And more
Inspirational garden designs & plantings from a Chelsea Gold Medal winner include something for taste & garden type (windswept, sunny, shady, damp).
Designs have annotated plans, colour photos, planting advice, plant descriptions/portraits. Features include terraces, courtyards & water features. Designer & expert plantsman offers tried planting combos & all the info for a dream garden.$29.95$7.00
This charming anthology brings together a wealth of poetry and prose from a broad range of writers: Roman natural historian Pliny, Chinese poet Po Chu-I, Sir Walter Scott, Seamus Heaney – illustrated with botanical prints from the RHS collection.$35.00$9.99
Outstanding trees for colour, texture and year-round foliage – acacias, magnolias, hollies, oaks, hawthorns, myrtles, olives, bays and more. The first and only book dedicated to broadleaved evergreens gives you:
- Selections for a wide range of climates including little-known gems
- Detailed descriptions of each tree
- 370+ colour photos
- Diagrams comparing full tree height
From delicate, naturally occurring species to the flamboyantly ruffled parrot species, there's sure to be a tulip you find irresistible in this gorgeous A–Z guide to 70 tulips from a private collection in Holland. It features stunning colour photos for each flower.
The description includes growing tips and flowering period, flowering height, when introduced and breeder accompanies it, or whatever details are known. A chapter on basics shows how easy tulips are to grow. The introduction covers the history of tulips to the present. Notes on trials and awards.$19.95$6.99
The focus of this book is on the classic, ageless and enduring flowers, which we have dubbed Vintage roses.
At the heart of the book are over 60 specially selected specimens – including those that have the best visual appearance, the most fragrant perfume, are easy to grow and produce beautiful flowers for cutting. The book covers not just original varieties such as Rosa Mundi (with its beautifully variegated stripes of deep pink and white), but also the wonderful new varieties that have been developed over the last 20 years.
The no-fuss notes on pruning and care and the straightforward advice that accompanies each variety completely dispel the myth that roses are difficult or time-consuming to grow – proving that you can just as easily grow roses in a pot on your front steps as you can in a large country garden.
Covering the best rambling, climbing and shrub roses, from bourbon to tea and floribunda to polyantha, you'll be sure to find your new favourite variety. Plus, tips and tricks on arranging your cut roses makes it even easier to enjoy these fabulous flowers at home. With contemporary commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow advice and glorious photography, this book will appeal to everyone who appreciates the classic beauty of the vintage rose.$54.99$39.99
How to use watering systems for maximum results. Includes:
- Water- and money-saving options
- Pros and cons of different water sources
- How to water using gravity, not pumps
- Affordable overhead systems
- Simple, easy-to-understand descriptions of pumping systems
Learn the six steps to a beautiful, waterwise garden (less lawn, plants grouped by water needs, efficient watering). Mostly visual directory of 200+ drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, groundcovers, bulbs & perennials, listing needs & features.
Arranged so you can dip in for advice on waterwise design, how to set up a tank/use grey water, mulch, pros/cons of various watering systems/products.$26.95$14.99
Waterwise House and Garden takes a planned approach to saving water in the home using different household reticulation options including the use of rainwater tanks and recycling greywater. It shows how to eliminate unnecessary watering in the garden by working with nature to create a garden that is both enjoyable and sensitive to the environment.
It explains the science behind survival strategies of plants in dry conditions, shows how soil and water interact, and demonstrates how to improve the soil in your garden. Included is an extensive list of Australian native and exotic plants that are tolerant to dry conditions in both tropical and temperate climates.
The result is an accessible and informative resource guaranteed to help you reduce the environmental impact of everyday living, and dramatically reduce your household water bill in the process.$29.95$9.99
It's a tired turn of phrase, but the grass is always greener on the other side. And for gardeners, it's not just the grass – it's the flowers, the shrubs, and the trees.
No longer! Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? offers hundreds of all-star alternatives that replace, and often outshine, popular problem plants.
Garden designer Andrew Keys makes it easier than ever to skip over the fussy plant prima donnas and move toward the equally gorgeous understudies. Each profile shows the problem plant and offers three alternatives that include three or more of the original plant's characteristics – hardiness, shape, colour, texture, light and size.
With this fun and accessible guide, you can discover the secret to choosing the plants destined to be the new stars of your garden.$29.99$12.99
Double-page spreads showcase 40 of the world's best display plants in bloom and at their peak, at British National Trust properties (full-page / cameo photos) and in their native habitat (map)
Includes Bog Arum, Californian Lilacs, Witch Alder, Flame Nasturtium, Goat's Beard, Indian Shot, Chilean Fire Bush, Mount Etna Broom, Trumpet Gentian, Sun Roses. Ideal growing conditions / cultivation explained.$19.95$4.99