Plants, Flowers & Trees Books
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.
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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.
Drawing on the expertise of the RHS, this practical reference book will help you identify the problems with your plants and nurse them back to health.
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With its visual approach, the plant-by-plant listings will help you easily identify possible ailments, make the correct diagnosis and find the most effective cure. There is a focus on growing for food and huge emphasis on organic solutions that will help your garden stay productive, attractive and healthy.
The tips in this book will help you stay on top of common plant problems while also bearing in mind the latest legislation on chemical control. It includes an A-Z directory.
This horticultural book is ideal for anyone who has green fingers. It covers every aspect of gardens and gardening. It provides expert answers to all the questions a gardener wants to ask - and a few you may not have thought of...
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From how worms breathe to why trees get so big, this book is packed with photographs, engravings and diagrams that explain all you need to know about gardening.
Written by the head of the RHAS Members' Advisory Service, this is ideal for fact-loving gardeners and covers everything from the quirky and whimsical to the practical.
If you're eager to get out into the garden but are not sure where to start, How to Grow can help.
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Written by self-taught gardener Hollie Newton, this book is full of fruity language and personal advice that will help you all the way from growing your first wonky courgette to completely transforming a patio garden. There are chapters on easy-to-grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, salad and flowers.
Covering everything from the basics of planning your garden to design ideas, this book focuses on small and urban spaces so it provides would-be gardeners everywhere with plenty of inspiration.
With its absolutely gorgeous jacket, The Flower Book celebrates all kinds of flowers and will help you (or whoever you gift it to) learn the art of floral design. It also has 30 inspiring arrangement ideas so that you can ensure the next batch of flowers you give are presented in style.
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Season by season, it provides stunning, in-depth profiles of 60 cut flowers which reveal everything you need to know about their colours, shapes, textures and fragrances.
Celebrating the loveliest flowers for the home, bloom by bloom, this book covers the likes of orchids, sunflowers, lavender, roses and tulips in great detail.
Packed with recipes and practical information, Judith Hann's beautifully photographed herbs book will tell you everything you need to know about growing in your garden. It will also show you how to cook them in the best way possible.
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Each seasonal chapter is filled with delicious ideas for simple suppers, spectacular roasts, desserts, preserves and more. Using herbs you've grown in your garden, you'll be able to transform food and enjoy treats including a rose cake with herb cream and baked fennel with parmesan.
Have a wander through some of Britain's favourite celebrities' (including Prue Leith, Cath Kidston and Julian Clary) gardens in this gorgeous book.
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With plenty of photographs to pore over, this book includes essays from the owners that explain their inspiration and passion for their private sanctuaries.
With never-before-seen photographs, this book is a must for those who love gardens of all sizes and want inspiration for their own and for those who just like to be nosy and see how the other half lives!
If you want to connect with the seasons through gardening, foraging and even picking flowers, The Almanac is the book for you. It's a practical, historical and contemplative guide to nature's offering every month of the year.
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Inspired by the rural almanac, this book is written by award-winning gardener and food-writer Lia Leendertz and is packed with advice on the tools and inspiration you'll need.
Lia also shares her favourite recipes using seasonal ingredients as well as covering all the key phenomena of the universe including festivities, lunar eclipses and sunrise and sunset times.
Archie Miles provides a celebration of the oak tree in Britain and explores its history, culture, topography and biology in this endlessly interesting book.
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A comprehensive overview of everything that the famous oak tree signifies to Britain and its people, it looks at its importance in industry, architecture and ship building, as well as evaluating its role in myth, art and literature.
Perfect for anyone who loves nature, the book includes fascinating profiles of Britain's 50 most famous oak trees, an examination of the disease, management and conservation issues facing them and a whole host of stunning photographs.
A celebration of all kinds of roses, this book reveals everything you could ever want to know about these graceful, garden-friendly flowers.
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Vintage roses can be overblown, multi-petalled or surprisingly simple and this book looks at over 60 specially selected specimens. It reveals each one's traits and examines those with the best visual appearances, the most fragrant perfumes and which are easiest to grow.
The handy book also contains no-fuss notes on pruning and care along with its straightforward advice on growing. It explains how you can just as easily grow roses in a pot on your front steps as if you had a large country garden. Covering the best rambling, climbing and shrub roses, from bourbon to tea and floribunda to polyantha, you'll be sure to find your new favourite variety.
A classic book that has been fully revised, updated and freshly illustrated, The RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening shows just how much of an important part wildlife plays in any garden.
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Relying on RHS research and best practice, it provides information on everything from using pesticides to planting for birds and the idea of habitat creation.
It looks at how much importance gardeners should put on wildlife when they make their decisions and will even show you how to attract and sustain butterflies.
This RHS book will show you how to cultivate your ideal garden. It provides guidance for over 800 trees, shrubs and climbing plants and explains all the best ways to prune and train them.
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Ideal for all abilities of gardener, it provides information on different plant types including fruits, roses, shrubs and trees. It then explains the specialised techniques you'll need for each one including coppicing, pollarding and pinch pruning.
Following the tips in this book will help you enjoy having a perfectly pruned garden all year round. It helps you discover where, when and how to prune and train to make the most of your flowers.
Full of sumptuous artwork and fascinating facts, this is a stunning hardback book for anyone who appreciates the sight of flowers.
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It contains photographic images of 50 of Britain's favourite flowers, all of which have been given a vintage, Victorian 'illustrated' makeover. The book also provides detailed descriptions about each and every flower it features.
Perfect for botanists, the artwork is sure to inspire you to enjoy the natural beauty around you. It's a book you'll want to return to again and again as we approach the summer months.
This is the fifth edition of this best-selling guide to plants and flowers, updated and revised from the experts at the RHS. "RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers" is an expert guide to planning your dream garden, redesigned to aid navigation and make identifying plants easier than ever. Over 8,000 easy-to-find plants and thousands of photographs will give you all the guidance you need. Each variety is photographed and the new 'how to' section tells you all you need to know on cultivation, pruning and care. Plus, use the special plant selector to grow for every possible situation and condition, from sunless walls to sandy soil. The perfect addition to any gardener's bookshelf.
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The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material. This is the perfect pocket guide for nature enthusiasts keen to identify the most commonly seen trees, whether they are out on the town or strolling through the countryside. Authoritative text, beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations show not only the overall shape of the tree but also details of leaf shape, flowers, fruits and bark. Features both deciduous and evergreen species, with information on the origin of each species, its height, preferred habitat and growing conditions. Illustrations of cones, catkins, nuts and fruits allow you to distinguish between similar species at a glance. This new edition builds on the strengths of the unrivalled original, now expanded to include over 220 trees and shrubs that are native to or flourish in Britain and northern Europe.
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This is a plant by plant pruning guide for perfect results. With pruning advice for 180 trees, shrubs and climbers plus 20 popular fruit crops, "RHS Pruning Plant by Plant" is the only pruning guide in this handy size to tell and show you exactly what you need to do plant by plant. The A-Z organisation helps you find the plant you're looking for fast and the simple instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams will encourage you to prune with confidence. "RHS Pruning Plant by Plant" is essential pruning advice for novices and experienced gardeners alike and its handy, compact format make it ideal for putting in your pocket when you're heading to your garden or allotment.
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In this book, pioneering garden designers Henk Gerritsen and Piet Oudolf describe their ideal perennials, bulbs, grasses, ferns and small shrubs. An ideal plant is one that is both beautiful and robust, performing reliably with very little input from the gardener. Gerritsen and Oudolf have a genuinely innovative approach to gardening. Rather than striving for big, bold masses of colourful blooms that are vigorously pruned back as soon as they have finished flowering, the authors choose plants chiefly for their form - leaves, flower heads and stems included - which means they retain their natural beauty through all the seasons.
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The rose is the nation's favourite flower and never goes out of fashion. In this definitive guide, Alan Titchmarsh shows how to grow and care for roses in your garden. He covers all the essential techniques and provides inspirational ideas for training and planting schemes that will ensure healthy plants and stunning displays year on year. This title features: A-Z directory of Alan's recommended roses; essential techniques for pruning and support; how to combine roses with other plants; suggested roses for all garden situations, including shady and exposed sites; and, comprehensive guide to understanding rose types.
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Tie-in to the landmark 25-part Radio 4 series with Kew. Our peculiarly British obsession with gardens goes back a long way and Plants: From Roots to Riches is going to take us back to where it all began. Across 25 vivid episodes, Kathy Willis, Kew's charismatic Head of Science, will show us how the last 250 years transformed our relationship with plants. Behind the scenes at the Botanical Gardens all kinds of surprising things have been going on. As the British Empire painted the atlas red, explorers, adventurers and scientists brought the most interesting specimens and information back to London. From the discovery of Botany Bay to the horrors of the potato famine, from orchid hunters to quinine smugglers, from Darwin's experiments to the unexpected knowledge unlocked by the 1987 hurricane, understanding how plants work has changed our history and could safeguard our future. In the style of A History of the World in 100 Objects, each chapter tells a separate story, but, gathered together, a great picture unfolds, of our most remarkable science, botany. Plants: From Roots to Riches is going to be a beautifully designed hardback, packed with 200 images in both colour and black and white from Kew's amazing archives, some never reproduced before. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry, the acclaimed popular-science writer, have also added all kinds of fascinating extra history, heroes and villains, memorable stories and interviews. Their book takes us on an exciting rollercoaster ride through our past and future and shows us how much plants really do matter.
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An essential guide to every species of tree found in the British Isles outside of arboretums This easy-to-use guide covers the 360 species of tree that are found in Britain & Ireland. Each species is covered in detail with information on how to identify, whether from a leaf, twig, bark or whole tree, plus extra information on where the tree grows (including a map), how high they grow, what uses the tree is used for and its unique history. Every species is also comprehensively illustrated with photographs of every useful feature -- bark, leaf, seed, flower, twig and whole tree. Sample identification section: Silver Birch Betula pendula (Betulaceae) height to 26m A slender, fast-growing deciduous tree with a narrow, tapering crown when young and growing vigorously. Older trees acquire a weeping habit, especially if growing in an open, uncrowded situation.
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Richard Wilford is an experienced horticulturalist who serves on the RHS Bulb Committee. He brings his experience and enthusiasm to bear on the challenges of choosing the right tulips for each garden situation, providing cultivation tips, design advice and mouthwatering photographs to inspire keen gardeners everywhere. The book also includes a useful resource section on where to see and buy the best tulips.
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Everything you need to know at a glance in one handy and superbly illustrated practical guide. It includes full photographic directory of over 50 varieties of cacti, including Astrophytum, Cereus, Coryphantha, Echinocactus, Opuntia, Pachycereus, Thelocactus, and many more. It features a range of diverse and specialized types that thrive in different climates around the world, including both desert cacti and rainforest cacti. For each variety, full botanical information is provided on history, growth, hue, height, spread and suitability. It includes step-by-step photographic guidance on planting in containers and raised beds, repotting, propagating from cuttings and seed, grafting, maintenance, and how to deal with common pests and diseases. The cactus is perhaps best known as the silent, prickly observer of the wild west action movie, but there are in fact nearly 2,500 different species ranging from the tall column plant to tiny button plants. Capable of surviving in extreme environments, the cactus is surprisingly easy to grow in most gardens. This book guides you through all the techniques involved in propagating and caring for these wonderful plants, and a fully illustrated directory describes over 50 recommended varietes. There is expert advice on selecting the best types, planting them in beds and containers, and dealing with pests and diseases. The book will help you to create amazing displays in indoor arrangements, in the greenhouse and outdoors.
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The Plant Lover's Guides are a collection of full colour hardback books in which expert authors share their enthusiasm for and knowledge of popular garden plants. The series will grow into a handsome reference library that gardeners will treasure. This first book focuses on dahlias, the stars of the late summer border.
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The Fruit Tree Handbook is a clear, practical guide that will help both amateur and expert to grow delicious fruit, from apples to mulberries and plums to peaches. Simple instructions guide you through soil preparation, choosing the best varieties and planting your trees successfully, while the mysteries of pollination and pruning are unravelled with the help of diagrams and photographs.At the heart of the book is a deep respect for the natural world, so you will find simple tips that help you to tackle pests and diseases in harmony with nature. Whether you are planting a few trees in your garden or 50 trees in a field, this book gives you all the information you need to design, plant and look after your orchard, large or small, and be rewarded with basketfuls of luscious fruit at harvest time. Click here for a sample preview
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