Quadrille, distributed by Reed
is by far the best garden design book to hit my desk in months.
It is full of fantastic ideas - even for gardeners who are prepared
to wait more than five minutes to create the garden of their dreams.
It is innovative, original and inspiring, and features a number
of previously unseen gardens (quite a coup considering the proliferation
of British garden design books on the market).
There's no denying that
we do live in an age of instant gratification, so The Impatient
Gardener sets out to offer a "host of stylish solutions to
satisfy our desire for an instant transformation - quietly underpinned
with good design, practicality and sound horticulture". In fact,
there's every chance that after reading this book, even the most
impatient gardener will find themselves hooked by the gardening
It shows how to choose
the fastest-growing plants or the flowers with the most colour and
impact, how to create an instant potted jungle on a balcony, transform
a drab backyard with hip, modern containers and vivid paint effects,
build a romantic rustic arbour, liven up tired concrete slabs with
colourful stencilling or divide your lawn with a bamboo screen.
projects are bright, modern and sophisticated, without being sterile
or overly minimalist, so they suit urban and rural landscapes.
Gay Search is one of
Britain's best-known and most popular television gardeners and authors,
with a host of best-selling books to her name. I'm sure The
Impatient Gardener will quickly join that list.
Gardener, Issue 99, May 23-June 5, 2002, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH