Our Top 5 Gardening Books

As part of World Book Day 2019, we would like to recommend some books that we feel are essential gardening bibles.

The Lawn Expert

1.      The Lawn Expert, by D. G. Hessayon ISBN 0903505487

This is such an excellent manual for how to create and maintain the perfect lawn. Whether you are an expert gardener or merely someone just looking to have a great looking garden, The Lawn Expert will provide you with all the advice and handy tips you will need, from getting to grips with the vocabulary to detailed instructions and coaching.

 

Allotment month by month

2.      Allotment Month by Month: How to Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg, by Alan Buckingham ISBN 9781440854

One of the many top features of this marvellous book is the month-by-month planner that comes with it, giving top advice as you go along. With fantastic and easy to follow tips on planning, preparing, sowing and planting, harvesting and then cultivating your plot, this book is useful not many big and area you wish to use for growing your fruit and veg.

 

The Complete Gardener - Monty Don

3.      The Complete Gardener, by Monty Don ISBN 9781405342704

This is also a must for any gardener, bible of knowledge from one of the top UK gardeners and garden writers. Monty Don promotes the positive effects of using Cow Compost, as well as being a strong advocate for peat free products, which of course make him a favourite of ours, although his knowledge, guidance and wonderful photography from throughout the year in his own garden in Herefordshire.

Encyclopedia of garden design

4.      RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design: Planning, Building and Planting Your Perfect Outdoor Space, by Chris Young ISBN 9781409325741

Learn to plan, build and plant your perfect garden with the experts at the RHS. From how to draw a layout to explaining the best places to use lighting effects, discover how to create the garden you’ve always wanted with the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design. Guiding you through the whole creative and gardening process, learn how to visualise your ideas, choose a style, develop plans, plot, build, landscape, select the right plants, and apply the finishing touches to make your garden the ideal reflection of your tastes and creativity.



Small Green Roofs

5.     Small Green Roofs: Low-tech Options for Homeowners, by Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little ISBN 9781604690590

Gardeners and Homeowners will relish the scaled-down technical specifications, design ideas and implementation advice presented in this book. Until now, books on green roofs have been aimed at architects, public planners and other professionals, but this book uses domestic case studies to inspire, inform and motivate. A great read!