Richard Bird & George
Distributed by Reed
IN a small garden everything
counts - from colourful pots to an elegant herb-lined brick pathway.
With 56 simple step-by-step projects, this new book contains a wealth
of stylish garden ideas to enhance small spaces.
Carter and Richard Bird have created projects that cover all aspects
of the garden, from bright containers to make and decorate, to structures
made from brick, stone, wood and metal. The emphasis throughout
is on making the most of your garden - however small - by matching
innovative planting schemes with interesting garden features.
My favourite projects
include this delightful primula theatre (right). Primula theatres
are a peculiarly English tradition, but it's a wonderful way to
display any collection of special plants in a way that not only
shows them off, but also could disguise an ugly garage wall or boundary
Each project is featured
on fold-out pages, with detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. Even
the complicated woodwork involved in some of the designs is made
achievable thanks to clear illustrations.
I found the chapter on
edible projects a welcome surprise - it's an area not often seen
in ornamental gardening books. And who would have thought of growing
cherry tomatoes in hanging baskets with purple petunias to show
off the red fruits? There's also a plan for an edible border, with
a colourful mix of daylilies, carrots, mint, borage, thyme, tomatoes,
peas, bronze lettuces and violas.
There's also a range
of planting ideas that suit larger gardens as well as small spaces.
Learn how to create a scented knot garden or a herb-lined path,
raised brick beds or a stunning cascading water feature.
Gardener, Issue 98, May 9-22, 2002, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH