Whether you’re a professional designer, keen gardener or armchair gardener, books about gardens are a great source of inspiration and practical information for gardeners.
I always have some on my list at Christmas, these are three of my favourites that you might like to add to your list:
Late Summer Flowers by Marina Christopher:
Marina Christopher runs her own Nursery Phoenix Perennial Plants in Hampshire and is on the floral trials committee of The Royal Horticultural Society, so as you can imagine she is well-respected in the plant world.
A common challenge for most gardeners is the lack of interest in late summer after the first flush of spring and the excitment of the garden in summer.
This book has a huge directory of perennials that flower in the late summer. It includes masses of information about where particular plants grow best, how to collect seed and is full of inspiring photos of plants and flower borders.
It’s not a new book but is available in the U.K. on Amazon for about £11, ISBN 10:0-7112-2481-1
Contemporary Colour in the Garden by Andrew Wilson:
Published this year, this book covers the whole gamut of how to use colour in the garden, from the more energetic contrasting colours to examples of the more restricted use of the colour palette.
Andrew Wilson is a garden designer, founder and a director of The London College of Garden Design and a judge for the R.H.S. Chelsea Flower Show, in other words an all round expert.
The book demonstrates how to use the maximum potential of colour in your garden.
and there are lots of inspiring photo examples.
It’s available on Amazon at the moment for £12.80 ISBN -13: 978-1-60469-222-8
Allotment by Alan Buckingham:
My final choice is this wonderfully practical book, which as an alotmenteer I find very useful.
There is a helpful month by month allotment calender of what to do when, planning your crops
and a troubleshooting section on what to do when pests strike.
Available on Amazon fo £14.44 ISBN 978 4053 4085 4
I’ve mentioned Amazon because it’e so convenient, but do shop around for the best price and support your local bookshop where you can.
I hope you find this useful and I’d love to hear about your top garden books.