Five inspiring books about gardens | Gardening advice

The Flower Yard by Arthur Parkinson

Written by Florence and rosy-cheeked care by Sarah Raven, this book is a playful invitation to gardening on a truly small scale. “It’s a call against what’s known as dysmorphism in small gardens, where lawn gardens, sheds, and even greenhouses are given a little name,” Parkinson says in his introduction. Hess Parkinson’s Nottinghamshire town garden is more accurately described as a brick road of “glowing and defiant” pots. In these pages, Parkinson shares his taste for filling them with color year-round, creating a garden of galvanized and terracotta pots filled with bronze, toffee, chocolate, and purple beetroot blossoms. Hatchet, £22

Gardening for Bumblebees by Dave Goulson

Attracting attention: Gardening for bumblebees.

Professor Dave Goulson explains: “My professional interest in bees arose from unhesitatingly watching bumblebees visit comfrey flowers for nearly 30 years.” In this follow-up to his bestselling book on the natural sciences, Bite in the taleThree decades of academic research into a book filled with tales about pollinator diversity, causes of pollinator decline and his favorite hobby: watching bees. The book encourages gardeners to create a refuge for all garden pollinators, identify the best trees, shrubs, and flowers to plant and suggest how to create ideal breeding sites for these beloved insects. Square Peg, £16.99

Plant and Gather: A Gardener’s Guide to a Year of Flowers by Grace Alexander

Grace Alexander is a trained counseling clinical psychologist and cut flower seed dealer. For Alexander, gardening is a way to escape from reality, and that is exactly what came in her sweet and wonderful first book, grow and collectPresent to the reader. From sowing in the spring to collecting seeds in the fall, the author encourages you to care for your own beauty patch, guiding you through the seasons with manageable job listings and practical advice. Lyrical magazine entries and rich photography of Alexander’s former sheep field emphasize her loose, tolerant style of gardening and an eye for color, texture, and shape. Hardy Grant, £20

The Naturally Beautiful Garden by Katherine Bradley Hall

For a book that focuses on the principles of eco-friendly garden design (conserving water, reducing chemicals, supporting wildlife), Naturally beautiful garden She manages to keep it lit with lavish photography from over 30 parks around the world. Each project – whether it’s a cactus garden on an old manor in Sicily, or a sepia grass in Norfolk Brissingham in winter – shows how their makers have managed to work with nature rather than against it. The book is organized into six chapters to show how each park has adapted not just to its specific environment, but to meet diverse needs—from public havens to sprawling country estates, to inner city courtyards. Rizzoli £45

The Garden Bed Companion by Jane McMorland Hunter

Described as “an anthology of garden writings for every night of the year,” this makes the perfect under-quilting read for weary gardeners. It’s a free blend of fact, fiction, dreams, and hard-earned experience that combines poetry, prose, and advice from (ghosts) gardeners past and present. Compare Mrs. Earl and Ethel Case’s advice on building a bird’s-eye table, from their 1912 book, Gardening for the ignorant (“A tall fir pole is the main thing needed…”) with an excerpt from Gertrude Jekyll’s classic and influential 1899 book, Wood and garden (“There’s always one day in February, at least, when one smells summer that’s still far away but surely coming…”) and you get an idea of ​​this delightful piece of horticultural literature. Pavilion Books, £20.

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