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  • RHS Colour Companion

    Dr Ross Bayton

    Product Code: CRHS
    Hardback
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    Add more colour to your garden with the RHS Colour Companion!

    Packed full of inspirational ideas, this book explains the basics of colour in plants and explains how this can be harnessed in style. It has colour-themed chapters that reveal the various uses of each colour in the garden - from foliage and flowers to bark, fruit, berries and even hard landscaping materials.

    Each plant is supported with cultivation guidance and suggestions for incorporating it into a planting plan for maximum impact. There are also stunning photographs so you know exactly what you should be aiming for.
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    RHS Gardening School

    Simon Akeroyd & Ross Bayton

    Product Code: RHGS
    Hardback
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    Get out in the garden over the coming months by learning from the best - The RHS. This hands-on guide to horticulture provides amateur and dedicated gardeners with a complete overview of garden care.

    Based around the mantra that there are always new things to discover and ways to improve, it covers all the skills and techniques you'll need and has chapters dedicated to understanding how plants work, everyday garden care, problem solving and gardening throughout the year.

    It explains topics including pruning, pests, diseases, weed removal and lawn care and uses easy-to-follow text, clear diagrams and stunning photos to make the advice easier to understand.
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  • Pallet Wood Projects for Outdoor Spaces

    Hester Van Overbeek

    Product Code: BWGTA
    Paperback
    Create cool and contemporary garden furniture and accessories with 35 simple projects using pallet wood. Follow Hester van Overbeek's tutorials to make a huge variety of innovative items for the garden. There are stylish and functional benches and tables, shelving units for plants, side tables, a work bench for a shed, storage ideas and much more. Make a beautiful porch awning hung with fairy lights, on-trend hanging succulent holders and an outdoor kitchen unit so you can prep food outside - it even has a built-in barbecue! You will learn to develop useful DIY skills including sawing, sanding, drilling and various techniques for treating wood, so even complete beginners will soon become confident wielding tools! Whether your garden is tiny and in the city or a homely cottage garden, there is something for everyone here, and you'll soon be hunting for pallets wherever you go.
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  • The Winter Garden

    Emma Hardy

    Product Code: BYZNV
    Paperback
    Bring colour and life to your garden during the cold winter months with Emma Hardy's wonderful planting ideas. There are plenty of creative ways here to bring vitality to your garden in winter, with ideas for planting pots, forcing bulbs, growing winter crops, and more. In the first chapter, Stems and Leaves, you will learn how to make a stunning wreath from succulents, plant a decorative tabletop display of miniature conifers and grow ferns in a reclaimed sink. Add scent to your winter garden with Beautiful Bulbs, where you will find bright hyacinths in glass jars, crocuses in jelly moulds, a china tureen of snowdrops, and other imaginative ideas. Winter Colour has bright designs such as a vivid vertical display of cyclamen in vintage cake tins, an indoor terrarium with hellebores and violas, festive poinsettia pots and a variety of containers planted with small-scale shrubs laden with berries. And if you are keen on growing your own food, there are projects in Winter Harvests to make the most of hardy herbs, cabbages, chard and lettuces. Whether you want to decorate your entrance with colourful pots, brighten up your balcony or windowsills, or grow a winter harvest by the kitchen door, you will find The Winter Garden packed with ideas and inspiration.
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  • Perfect Lawns

    Simon Akeroyd

    Product Code: BXGMY
    Hardback
    Learn how to keep your lawn in perfect condition all year round with this handy little guidebook from an experienced National Trust head gardener. It's packed with invaluable advice on all aspects of lawn design, creation and maintenance, whether you want an immaculate striped formal lawn or a more hardwearing surface for your children to play on, or even a romantic chamomile lawn or one strewn with colourful spring flowers. It includes incredibly useful troubleshooting tips for the typical problems your lawn might experience, including invasive weeds, pests and diseases and the effects of the weather. The author discusses which types of mower work best for different lawns, when and how to water and feed, and how to bring a neglected lawn back to life. He even dabbles in artificial turf and how best to use it, and offers creative ideas for decorative elements such as stepping stones, edgings and winding paths. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this practical guide contains everything you need to keep your lawn in tip-top condition, every day of the year.
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  • Urban Garden Design

    Kate Gould

    Product Code: BXHAK
    Hardback
    A stunning guide for gardeners keen to transform small and awkward outdoor spaces into beautiful and practical escapes. From courtyards to rooftops, Kate Gould draws on her experience as an award-winning garden designer to provide tailored solutions and inspirational ideas. Covering topics such as how to design and measure the perfect garden, choose and use the best materials and maintain a lush garden all year round, Small Garden Design includes detailed advice for gardeners undeterred by limited space. This carefully illustrated guide ensures gardeners of all abilities achieve the best results outdoors. Creating a personal and unique space is also at the heart of each project and Kate makes sure to discuss how to tie each design back to the interior of the home.
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  • RHS How to Create your Garden

    Adam Frost

    Product Code: BWLIB
    Hardback
    "Creating a garden doesn't need to be complicated." This is the promise from Adam Frost, BBC Gardeners' World presenter and winner of multiple Chelsea Flower Show gold medals. Regardless of your experience or budget, with Adam's help and know-how you can design your dream garden, whether it's a small urban garden, a classic cottage garden, a suburban front garden, a low-maintenance space or a city roof terrace. His practical, no-nonsense approach strips away complex garden design concepts and focuses on your needs and preferred garden style to help you plan and build a garden that works for you. Starting right at the beginning, Adam takes you step by step through the whole process, inspiring you with simple garden design ideas to tackle a full garden makeover or a simple revamp of just one part of your garden, perhaps a tired herbaceous border, the patio, or a water feature. Learn how to design a garden that reflects your practical needs, lifestyle, budget, personality, soil, and climate. Build it yourself following the clear, uncomplicated step-by-step instructions that show you everything from laying turf to terraces, planting trees or building a raised bed or water feature. Enjoy it month by month with his simple checklist of what to do when to keep your garden in shape. RHS How to Create your Garden is about designing an outside space that is real, achievable, and right for you.
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  • Japanese Gardens

    Monty Don

    Product Code: BUSBK
    Hardback
    The complement to the forthcoming BBC2 series, Japanese Gardens, beautifully produced in full colour and with over 200 photographs. Written by Monty Don with photographs by Derry Moore, the duo behind the highly-acclaimed Paradise Gardens. Traditional Japanese gardens combine aesthetics with ethics, beauty with philosophy in a celebration of the natural world. A Japanese garden is the natural world made miniature: rocks represent mountains, ponds represent seas. Natural and man-made elements combine to create a garden that, while natural, is not wild. In this very personal and lyrical exploration of both the traditional and the modern aspects of Japanese gardening, Monty Don takes a look at at the traditions and culture which inform some of the most beautiful gardens from all over Japan. This beautiful, full colour book guides us through the history and beauty of Japanese gardens, from the famous cherry blossom season to the magnificence of autumn colours. PRAISE FOR PARADISE GARDENS 'Sun-filled escapism' Country Life 'Simply breathtaking' Love it!
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  • The Story of Gardening

    Penelope Hobhouse

    Product Code: BZJCQ
    Hardback
    A fully updated and revised edition of a gardening classic. From the cooling fountains of the Alhambra to the imposing palace grounds of Chinese emperors and the clean lines of the formal French parterre, this inspiring history charts the fascinating evolution of gardening over thousands of years, bringing to life the world's most beautiful and magnificent gardens. The Story of Gardening explains the origins of the most influential gardening styles. Acclaimed garden designer and plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse draws on her extensive experience and shows you how an appreciation of style and techniques from all over the world helps us to understand how modern gardens have developed. Unrivalled in its coverage and written with the author's characteristic clarity and authority, this exceptional book is guaranteed to appeal to gardening enthusiasts or all ages and levels of expertise. Chapters include: The Origins of Gardening: the gardens of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia. Gardens of Ancient Greece and Rome: The beginnings of botany and herbalism and design developments in the Classical world. The Gardens of Islam: the `fourfold' garden's spread from the Middle East. The Medieval Gardens of Christendom: The layers of meaning in the gardens of the Middle Ages. The Renaissance Vision in Italy: The transition from classical villa gardens. The Flowering of the European Garden: Louis XIV's power-gardening. Plants on the Move: Early plant enthusiasts who searched for new species. The English Landscape Garden: The 18th century Landscape Movement The Eclectic 19th Century: European gardening during technological change. The Americas Gardening's evolution on the American continent. Gardens of China: Chinese gardening's links with the landscape and painting. The Japanese Garden: Japanese design's influence on the rest of the world. From Naturalism to Modernism: Pioneer voices as gardening goes global. Visions of the Future: The faces shaping gardening in the 21st century.
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  • The Italian Vegetable Garden

    Rosalind Creasy

    Product Code: BXZJT
    Paperback
    Rosalind Creasy, the ingenue of edible landscaping, does it again with The Italian Vegetable Garden an invitation to grow and prepare some of the exceptional varieties of produce for which Italian cooking is so justly famous. This beautifully illustrated guide to growing Italian vegetables gives you tips for planting and preparing fantastic varieties of tomatoes, greens, beans, eggplants, artichokes, peppers, herbs and more! Readers will find suggestions on how to grow Italian vegetables in most North American climates, and how to prepare these fresh veggies with more than 25 recipes for antipasti, soups, sauces and sides from a delicious classic marinara to bread pudding with artichokes and even preserves. Mouthwatering photos throughout evoke the flavours of these delectable vegetables and dishes, and highlights Italian specialties, such as the greens that grow wild on Italy's hillsides. With a new preface by Creasy, as well as updated recommendations, this book continues to be a trusted resource.
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  • Perfect Pots

    Simon Akeroyd

    Product Code: BXGMW
    Hardback
    Learn how to create the perfect container garden with this handy little guidebook from an experienced National Trust head gardener. It's packed with nifty tips and advice for gardening in containers, even if your outdoor space is as small as a few pots on a balcony or doorstep, to ensure stunning floral displays and abundant fruit and vegetable crops. The author discusses how to choose the best pot for the job, and how to position pots to harness the sun's rays or provide shade to suit particular plants. He goes on to cover how to work with colour and create height and width in your container garden, and the best ways to ensure successful drainage, feeding and watering. The book ends with a useful directory of the sorts of flowers and vegetables that thrive in pots, including some you might not have thought of. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this practical guide contains everything you need to create an exquisite display of pots in your garden.
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  • Nature Play at Home

    Nancy Striniste

    Product Code: BWJVO
    Paperback
    Access to technology has created a generation of children who are more plugged in than ever before - often with negative consequences. Unrestricted outdoor play reduces stress, improves health, and enhances creativity, learning, and attention span. In Nature Play at Home, Nancy Striniste gives caregivers the tools they need to make outdoor adventures possible in their homes, schools, and neighbourhoods. With hundreds of inspiring ideas and 12 illustrated, step-by-step projects, this hardworking book details how to create playspaces that use natural materials - like logs, boulders, sand, water, and plants of all kinds. Projects include hillside slides, seating circles, sand pits, and more. Accessible, research-based, and timely, Nature Play at Home is a must-have for modern parents and caregivers.
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  • My Gardening Journal

    Editors of Quiet Fox Designs

    Product Code: BWGMY
    Paperback
    Organize your gardening life! This handy journal keeps track of everything a passionate gardener needs to know in one spot. Individual plant history pages allow you to keep a yearly log of how you're doing with each crop. Set annual goals, keep a record of your work, track your performance, and note what you've learned over each season. Keep a record of plantings, soil chemistry, fertilizing, compost rotation, pest issues, weather, watering needs and more. Chart garden design and plan next year's layout. Gardening enthusiasts can archive all the important information here. With a convenient 6x8 size that fits easily in a tool bag, My Gardening Journal is the perfect gift for the gardener who has everything.
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  • The Pottery Gardener

    Arthur Parkinson

    Product Code: BMQBK
    Hardback
    The Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent is a mecca for lovers of its iconic pottery, known nationally for its designs featuring florals and farmyard animals. Today, it is a thriving visitor attraction; but tucked within is a walled garden bursting with nectar-rich, jazzy-toned flowers and hen houses of rare-breed chickens. In this beautiful book, the site's gardener, florist and poultry keeper Arthur Parkinson descriptively and visually shares his work. Inspired by his friend and idol, gardener and florist Sarah Raven, and childhood hen-keeping pen pal the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Parkinson's creation is one of resplendent flowers, platoon feather-legged hens, handwritten blackboards, flower arranging and wasteland foliage foraging carried out in one of the most unlikely places a garden could happen to exist: a working pottery. With seasonal tips on container planting in your own garden, plant profiles and helpful guides to keeping fowl and arranging home-grown flowers, The Pottery Gardener is sure to delight gardeners, hen fanciers and Bridgewater fans alike.
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  • Ponds: Creating and Maintaining a Wildlife Pond

    Chris McClaren

    Product Code: BHPFI
    Hardback
    These beautiful additions to any land provide homes for some of our most important indigenous wildlife: plants, insects, fish, amphibians, birds and even mammals. A limpid pool edged with rushes, the humming of damselflies, the croaks of frogs and the swooping flight of swallows will be a microsite of the best of the countryside. Pond expert Chris McClaren introduces the reader to the world of ponds: how to create one, how to maintain one and how to introduce wildlife to this idyllic pool and help it thrive. All your questions are answered here. What plants are indigenous and will have positive environmental impact? What cover to include around the pond so that it links to a suitable 'wildlife corridor'? What fish are sustainable in a pond of a small size? How can I make sure the pond is safe? What will the pond be like through the seasons? To help create and conserve our wildlife and to discover the delights of creating a micro-ecosystem - take time to create a pond.
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  • Perfect Patios and Terraces

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: BDBON
    Hardback
    This title helps you discover the versatility of a beautiful courtyard garden, for entertaining, relaxing and extending your living space. It offers ideas for paths and paving with bricks, tiles, cobbles, gravel, railway sleepers and mosaics, and how to use walls, fences, plants, furniture, lighting and ornaments. It features a range of sites, including sunny, shady and windy, as well as structures suitable for children and pets. It includes suggestions for planting low-growing shrubs, pretty foliage plants, and flowers for seasonal interest. A well-designed courtyard gives years of pleasure. This useful handbook is packed with inspirational advice on creating the most attractive outdoor spaces. It considers the practical aspects of planning, as well as restrictions such as lack of light or space. It is full of ideas for overhauling the basic components of your garden, including surfaces, fences and plants, and describes how to make the most of special features such as ornaments and lighting to create the desired atmosphere. With illustrated examples, clear text and over 100 beautiful photographs, this is an essential guide for anyone wishing to maximize the potential of their patio or terrace.
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  • The Arts and Crafts Garden

    Sarah Rutherford

    Product Code: BCMPW
    Paperback
    The Arts and Crafts Movement espoused values of simplicity, craftsmanship and beauty quite counter to Victorian and Edwardian industrialism. Though most famous for its architecture, furniture and ornamental work, between the 1890s and the 1930s the movement also produced gardens all over Britain whose designs, redolent of a lost golden era, had worldwide influence. These designs, by luminaries such as Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens, were engaging and romantic combinations of manor-house garden formalism and the naive charms of the cottage garden - but from formally clipped topiary to rugged wild borders, nothing was left to chance. Sarah Rutherford here explores the winding paths and meticulously shaped hedges, the gazebos and gateways, the formal terraces and the billowing border plantings that characterised the Arts and Crafts garden, and directs readers and gardeners to where they can visit and be inspired by these beautiful works of art.
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  • RHS Big Ideas, Small Spaces

    Kay Maguire

    Product Code: AXGVQ
    Hardback
    Bestselling author Kay Maguire and RHS Young Designer of the Year Tony Woods provide stylish design ideas, growing tips and advice to help readers turn even the tiniest outdoor space into a beautiful and life-affirming oasis. With 30 step-by-step projects, RHS Big Ideas, Small Spaces shows the urban gardener how to transform balconies, walls, windowsills, rooftops and the smallest of yards. Discover the best planting plans for your garden, with ideas for hanging planted screens, mobile gardens, balcony rail planters and potted shelves. Learn the things you need to know to get your garden started, and how to overcome common problems, and ensure your garden, however small, is beautiful all year round.
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  • Creating a Courtyard Garden

    Joan Clifton

    Product Code: AEUWH
    Hardback
    This book features courtyard designs and features for every lifestyle and type of outdoor space. It includes ideas to capture the pleasure of living outside, from smart spaces and design statements, to places for entertaining and relaxation. It contains five case studies: a smart, formal courtyard, a terrace for entertaining, an edible Eden, a haven for contemplation, and a modern seashore courtyard. It includes hard-landscaping and plant directories, with guidance on choosing the most suitable materials, surfaces, boundaries and other decorative features, and on how to grow spectacular courtyard plants. It is illustrated throughout with over 300 photographs by Steven Wooster. Whether you have a courtyard garden, a small terrace or a tiny patio, this book offers a host of inspirational designs. Joan Clifton celebrates the enclosed garden space, providing ideas for transforming the smallest courtyard into a peaceful haven. Each section looks at a different style of courtyard, highlighting the key features of each, whether this is hard landscaping, well-planted containers or atmospheric lights, trickling water and rustling plants. Garden plans, advice on materials, and suggestions for planting are all included. Whether starting from scratch or transforming an existing space, this book has all you need to create a stylish garden retreat that captures the essence of outdoor living.
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  • Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Water Gardening

    Alan Titchmarsh

    Product Code: AGEPE
    Paperback
    Water will bring a garden miraculously to life, drawing the eye more than any other feature. When still, its shimmering reflections create a peaceful mood, while moving water animates the garden scene and delights with its mesmerizing sounds. In this definitive guide, Alan shows you how to design and make a water feature to suit any size and style of garden, from a large wildlife pond, stream or rill to the tiniest pebble or wall fountain. Features: easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step diagrams; A-Z directory of Alan's recommended pond and waterside plants; guide to choosing and caring for fish; key tips on encouraging wildlife to your pond; and season-by-season guide to pond maintenance.
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  • Planting the Natural Garden

    Piet Oudolf

    Product Code: CBOYO
    Hardback
    When it was first published, Planting the Natural Garden--the first book by Piet Oufolf--heralded the start of the now immensely popular New Perennial Movement. Since then, Piet Oudolf has become one of the most iconic and groundbreaking designers of our time, responsible for some of the world's most important gardens, including the High Line, the Lurie Garden, the Battery, and Pottersfield. Fans of Piet Oudolf will delight in this revised edition of Planting the Natural Garden. Packed with plant information, new photography, and an introduction from Noel Kingsbury. It includes hundreds of eye-catching plant combinations, with an emphasis on the use of themed plantings that create mood and evoke emotion. Also included are plant lists and instructions for placing specific plants in particular habitats, as well as complete growing requirements.
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  • Nature Into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill

    Thomas Christopher

    Product Code: CAWVF
    Hardback
    Wave Hill, a world-renowned public garden in the Bronx, boasts a classic horticultural craftsmanship unrivaled among other public gardens in the United States. But it also embraces a design spirit that is daring and innovative. Every year brings changes to Wave Hill: new combinations of colours, textures, and forms, along with innovative themes and constant experimentation. A stroll through the garden has the power to thrill, stir, and uplift the soul. Nature into Art, lovingly written by Thomas Christopher, brings this splendid, sensory experience home by honoring the unsurpassed beauty of Wave Hill. Nature into Art explores the different areas of the garden - the flower garden, the shade border, the wild garden, the conservatory, and more - and gives home gardeners helpful information on the plants, techniques, and design choices that define this iconic space. Filled with stunning, ethereal photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo, Nature Into Art will enchant readers and inspire home gardeners everywhere to practice the Wave Hill way of gardening.
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  • The Wildlife Pond Book

    Jules Howard

    Product Code: BZPJG
    Paperback
    Ponds are vital oases for nature. They are nursery grounds, feeding stops and bathing spots. They are genetic superhighways and vibrant ecosystems each brimming with life, interactions and potential. And they are for everyone. In The Wildlife Pond Book, Jules Howard offers a fresh perspective on ponds and encourages gardeners to reach for a garden spade and do something positive to benefit our shared neighbourhood nature. As well as offering practical tips and advice on designing, planting up and maintaining your pond, Jules encourages readers to explore the wildlife that colonises it with a torch, a microscope or a good old-fashioned pond-dipping net. With a foreword by award-winning wildlife-gardening author, Kate Bradbury, this helpful new guide includes a section outlining the hundreds of organisms that may turn up in your pond and is packed with creative ideas that have been tried and tested by author Jules Howard, an avid pond-builder, prolific pond-dipper and passionate voice for freshwater conservation for more than fifteen years. So, no matter how big your outdoor space is, The Wildlife Pond Book is the guide you need to create your very own haven for nature.
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  • Creating a Wildflower Meadow

    Yvette Verner

    Product Code: BZMFB
    Paperback
    Inspired by the idea of doing something positive for their local environment, Yvette Verner and her husband Mike bought a small field close to their home in the south of England. With the bountiful assistance of nature they created a flower meadow which attracts a rich variety of wildlife, including badgers, deer and a multitude of birds and butterflies. In this book Yvette tells the story of their meadow: how they designed the layout, selected and planted wild flowers, trees and hedges and spent many absorbing hours wildlife-watching. Meadows such as theirs support large populations of plants, insects, birds and other animals, and are extremely important in maintaining the ecological diversity of our countryside. Many meadow species that farmers and gardeners consider to be weeds are host to other forms of wildlife: the modest oxeye daisy alone supports over twenty species of insect!
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