The Essential Guide to Planning, Planting and Garden
Mitchell Beazley, distributed by Reed
by Caroline Boisset, this British guide to all things gardening
features some solid writers: between them Nigel Colborn, Stephen
Anderton, Richard Bird and John Walker have published an entire
library of reference books, so you know that the advice they give
is eminently sensible.
The Garden Sourcebook
aims to "help gardeners plan and create by providing the widest
range of options" and as such, could be invaluable for gardeners
just starting out. It covers a range of garden styles - cottage,
Japanese, Victorian, classical and containers - and explains why
design elements should be used to complement the planting.
More than 1000 plants
are assembled in the Plant Selector at the back of the book. Because
it is divided into categories to suit specific purposes, you can
easily find the right plant to suit your needs. For example, if
you're looking for plants to snuggle up to paving, you could try
native Acaena microphylla, Ajuga reptans, Campanula
portenschlagiana or baby's tears, to name a few.
Gardener, Issue 88, December 13-27, 2001, Page 30
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH