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How to be a Gardener: Book Two

By: Alan Titchmarsh

264 pages, Col illus

BBC Books

Hardback | Jan 2003 | #135877 | ISBN: 0563534052
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NHBS Price: £19.99 $25/€24 approx

About this book

Builds on the basics presented in Book One, with advice on planting and design.

Back with his second series, the blue-eyed much-loved garden presenter Alan Titchmarsh teaches the nations gardeners how to design their garden. Whereas Book 1 taught them the basic botany and how to do the practical bits, this one explores how to transform a boring back garden into a place of paradise. Easily written in his inimitable chatty style, he shares top design tips in an easy-to-understand way for all to comprehend. Lavishly illustrated with pictures to make the mind drool, all styles of garden are represented from rustic to formal, contemporary to old-fashioned cottage garden. And all aspects of gardening are covered too: water gardening, vegetable growing, patio planting and how to encourage wildlife into your garden even if you do live in the middle of a city. As Book 1, this will become a gardener's essential reading, lending itself to both the novice and the more experienced in search of inspiration. - Lucy Watson


Contents

Your design: garden design in history; what's right for you?; working with nature; contemporary gardens; natural gardens; family gardens; paved gardens; cottage gardens; making a plan; regulation rectangles; long and lean; tricky triangular. Vertical gardening: what's it about?; hedges; which hedging plants?; fences; walls; garden structures; climbers; clematis; climbing roses; rambler roses. Patio gardening: perfect patios; building a slab patio; building decking; filling in the gaps; plants for patio beds; paths and steps; container gardening; top of the pots; the year-round patio. Beds and borders: placing plants; design rules; trees; evergreen shrubs; deciduous shrubs; filling in the fine detail; roses; perennials; grasses; ground-cover plants; bulbs; exotics; annuals and biennials; rock plants. Water features: design considerations; ponds; water features; water plants; bog gardens; bog plants. Edible gardens: growing your own; traditional vegetables; ornamental vegetables; salads; growing in containers; patio crops; fruit; herbs. Wildlife gardens: gardens and wildlife; making a wildlife garden; wild flowers. Covered gardens: greenhouse gardening; greenhouse jobs; greenhouse crops; ornamental plants; the conservatory; conservatory plants; under-cover nursery; propagation methods; caring for your plants. Epilogue.

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