5 Books Every Gardener Should Own

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5 Books Every Gardener Should Own

Gardeners are a funny and passionate bunch. They are the pensive, tranquil types who like to live a peaceful existence in beautiful surroundings. They appreciate the small things, and find beauty in the simplest things. They are romantics, dreamers, poets and creators at their cores. It takes a certain type of unique person to be a gardener, yet there are so many different types. As such, there are millions of books, manuals and guides written about every aspect of gardening. Go over to a gardener's house and they'll be sure to have bookshelves crammed full of tomes about gardening, and stacks of these books lying around. Here are just a few books that every self-respecting gardener should own.


Stuff Every Gardener Should Know “ Scott Meyer

Not only does the cover of this book look beautifully rustic, quaint and colourful, it also serves exactly what it says on the tin. This manual should be something of a bible for all gardeners, with insights on many aspects of gardening “ when to plant what, tips on avoiding weeds creeping into your garden beds, how to grow the loveliest roses, and other nuggets of essential gardening wisdom.  


New Wild Garden: Natural-Style Planting and Practicalities “ Ian Hodgson

If you dream of a garden filled with wildflowers, this is the perfect book. It's becoming an ever-growing trend to plant native or indigenous wildflowers, to encourage pollinators and wildlife, and just all-round create a beautiful garden.  


The Education of a Gardener “ Russell Page

Written by one of the most prolific garden designers of our time, this book provides practical advice on how to design a garden, with a strong basis on Page's horticultural knowledge and experience.


What Plant Where “ Roy Lancaster

This book is an invaluable resource for anyone who has problem areas in their garden where it may be difficult to get plants to flourish. In a similar vein, there is also œGrow what Where by Talbot, MacDonald and Peate, specifically focusing on Australian natives and where they best flourish.  


The Dry Garden “ Beth Chatto

Published in 1978, this book is still relevant today, perhaps even more so with the event of climate change. It works on the principle of planting the right plant in the right spot to maximise potential and success. The book is based around Chatto's own experience creating a gravel garden, and such a garden is perfect for those who don't have the time to water, once it is established.

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