Despite our best efforts, and no matter how much we prune, tidy and shape our gardens, they are inherently wild. In fact, it is often the most unrestrained and untamed areas that add drama and romance.
In this glorious celebration of exuberant, naturalistic planting, we take a walk on the wild side. Be transported to lush valleys and tropical jungles with exotic gardens shaped by Victorian plant hunters. Wander through beautiful bluebell woods, blossoming orchards and magical wildflower meadows, and explore prairie-style gardens inspired by North American grasslands. Discover special places influenced by natural landscapes, and sustainably managed spaces designed with wildlife in mind.
You'll find out how wild play areas can help children to connect with nature and how immersing yourself in quiet woodland can immediately benefit your sense of well-being. A helpful guide also offers advice and tips on how to create and manage your own wildlife-friendly garden so that you can attract birds, bees, bats, bugs and many other wild and wonderful creatures.
Stephanie Mahon is the editor of the highly regarded Gardens Illustrated magazine. She is also an award-winning writer, specialising in lifestyle content, including design, landscape, architecture, food and travel. Stephanie works freelance for newspapers and magazines including The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Homes & Gardens, and Country Living. She lives in Monmouthshire, United Kingdom.