Winter has retreated into the depths of the earth, and the spring sun rays smile over the numb earth. Now that the snow is gone, it is the best time to revive our gardens with vivid colours and exquisite floral fragrances.
Whether gardening is your business or a passion, you need the right information coming from experienced gardeners. Cultivating beautiful flowers or tasty and healthy vegetables involves not only work but also knowledge. Sometimes even the most experienced ones can learn new things and useful tricks.
As such, below are you have a list of the best books on gardening so you can transform your garden into a wonderful floral paradise:
- The Royal Horticultural Society-Gardening Through the Year
Whatever the season, this is the new edition of your essential guide to gardening all year round, from the experts at the RHS. With specific monthly tasks for every part of the garden, expert plant advice, tips on organisation and over 1,000 photographs, this is the garden reference that not only tells you what
to do when but also shows you how to do it. Whether you are a green-fingered guru or are just starting out, enjoy 12 months of satisfying and successful gardening.
2. Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition (Science for Gardeners)
Healthy soil teems with life—not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. Chemical fertilizers injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and the soil becomes
increasingly dependent on artificial, often toxic, substances. But there is an alternative: by strengthening the soil food web—the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms—gardeners can create a nurturing environment for plants. Teaming with Microbes extols the benefits of cultivating the soil food web. It clearly explains the activities and organisms that make up the web and explains how gardeners can cultivate the life of the soil through the use of compost, mulches, and compost tea. With Jeff Lowenfels’ help, everyone—from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants—can create rich, nurturing, living soil.
3. Presidents’ Gardens-Linda Holden Hoyt
The White House is the most famous house in the world – yet its 18 acres of perfectly manicured grounds and magnificent gardens, much beloved by the Presidents and their families, are rarely seen by the public. This book is a horticultural celebration of these gardens, beginning with the influence of
George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon on the design of the nation’s capital
and looking at the development of White House gardens over two centuries. Rare photographs perfectly illustrate highlights from the best of the presidential gardens, including Jackie Kennedy’s Rose Garden, the Roosevelt wartime White House greenhouses and Michelle Obama’s sustainability-inspired vegetable garden, which now produces food that is served to the First Family. The text is peppered with lively comments and useful tips from gardeners who contributed to White House beautification projects, serving many different Administrations.
4. In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights- Zahid Sardar & Marion Brenner
A collaboration between the design editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and a Berkeley-based photographer, In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights provides a rare treat: luminous photography and insightful prose seamlessly integrated and beautifully presented. The result is a literary and visual pleasure that will elevate a visit to Paris to the top of every garden-lover’s travel itinerary.
Comprised of forty-one garden “stories” loosely categorized as garden estates, public parks, and privately owned spaces, In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights traces the evolution and adaptation of Paris as a garden city, where contemporary design is infused with historic meaning. The large estates and public parks of the city provide context for its private, intimate spaces, which include courtyards, rooftops, those hidden behind hôtel particulier walls and within suburban locations.
Exquisite full-colour photographs abundantly illustrate each of the book’s two hundred and sixty-one pages. Each is accompanied by descriptive text that includes an identification of the plant species depicted in the image. A resource section includes contact information about individual designers and a bibliography.
5. The Spare-time Gardener: Tips and Tricks for Those on the Go
This refreshing new gardening book is made especially for those who are looking to squeeze gardening into their already hectic schedules. Freeman brings a
realistic view to gardening, allowing you to actually achieve and enjoy the time you spend. The Spare Time Gardener covers design, planning, enhancing and maintaining all for the gardener on the go.
6. The Flower Gardener’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Colorful Blooms All Season Long: 400 Favorite Flowers, Time-Tested Techniques, Creative Garden Designs, and a Lifetime of Gardening Wisdom
Create the flower garden of your dreams. This comprehensive guide includes expert advice on everything from choosing an appropriate growing site to maximizing the lifespan of your plants. Charming illustrations and photographs accompany helpful tips on how to improve soil, fight off pests, and make all
your flowers bloom with radiant colour. Whether you’re a beginning gardener or a seasoned florist, The Flower Gardener’s Bible is a useful resource that will help you keep your garden healthy and beautiful for years to come.
7. The Complete Guide to Organic Lawn Care (Back to Basics: Growing)
Your lawn is a representative of you and your home – it shows your neighbours and visitors how much time and effort you are willing to put into keeping your home looking good. But, in these fragile times, many people also want to ensure their lawn care does not endanger the environment or any of the pets or children that might play on that lawn.
Organic lawn care is becoming much more prevalent for many homeowners, but knowing how to effectively plant a grow a lawn, keep weeds away and kill bugs without using chemicals and unnatural law products can be complicated and downright confusing in many cases. This book was written with these things in mind, guiding every lawn care enthusiast through the steps needed to continue caring for a lawn without letting the concerns that develop because of unnatural products overwhelm you or your lawn.
The keys to organic lawn care, starting with how to create a low maintenance lawn are laid out in great detail in this book, providing the essential details you need to enjoy your yard while not endangering the environment, your pets, or your children. You will learn how to keep your lawn healthy with the right soil, seed, sod, and feeding without using any chemically enhanced products and how you can start caring for your lawn by mowing, watering, fertilizing, edging, and trimming with organic fertilizers and tools.
8. Royal Horticultural Society: The Urban Gardener
Garden designer, lecturer and broadcaster Matt James explores how to design an urban outdoor space, no matter the size or location – from balconies and roof terraces to courtyards, basement areas and front gardens, factoring in areas for relaxation, play and growing your own produce.
There are 16 step-by-step projects including creating a ‘living’ green wall, planting under mature trees and making a gravel garden and 13 case studies showing great design in action, with examples from Tom Stuart-Smith, Charlotte Rowe and Christopher Bradley-Hole. Award-winning photographer Marianne Majerus provides the visual inspiration.
9. Gardeners’ World: 101 Ideas for Small Gardens
So your garden is more like a landing than a landscape, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a beautiful, stylish garden from the space and get everything (or almost everything) you need and want from it.
If you’re lacking inspiration, don’t know where to start or are simply stuck on some aspect of your garden, here are the answers you are looking for. In this book, the team at Gardeners’ World Magazine will help you create the perfect small garden for your needs – whether your priority is practical or aesthetic or a bit of both.
Let the experts guide you to getting the most from your garden: with top tips on making your boundaries seem bigger, breaking up the plot, choosing the right plants for space, creating storage for all your bits and bobs and a space for enjoying it all after the hard work is done.
So don’t lose the plot when faced with your small garden; allow yourself to be inspired, and you can make it the garden of your dreams.
10. Healing Herbs: How to Grow, Store, and Maximize Their Medicinal Power
Dig into the world of herbal medicine with this complete guide to cultivating and harvesting plants with healing properties. For thousands of years, people have been utilizing herbs and cultivating weeds found to speed the healing of wounds, soothe skin irritations, calm uneasy stomachs, and ward off illnesses. In these pages, you’ll learn the basics of gardening in your backyard—or on your windowsill or porch—including instructions for:
Recipes for salves, lotions, and poultices
You’ll also find profiles of useful herbs that are easy to grow or wildcraft, along with inspiring stories, medicine-making instructions, and recipes for your home medicine chest. Known to boost immunity, reduce blood pressure, aid digestion, and relieve arthritis among other medicinal properties, powerful plants such as garlic, Echinacea, yarrow, elderflower, mint, elecampane, and much more are included in this illustrated guide.