New books for garden lovers

These essential reads for horticulture enthusiasts are full of colour, inspiration and expert advice

Image: Andrew Montgomery, from ‘The Thoughtful Gardener’ 

Spring has now officially sprung and with the vernal equinox comes the desire to fling open our doors, soak up the sunshine and tend to our gardens. To help, there’s an array of new horticulturally themed books to choose from whose pages are bursting with inspirational imagery and valuable tips. Here are a few of our favourites…

The Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design by Jinny Blom (£35, Jacqui Small)

From formal walled gardens to contemporary installations, Jinny Blom’s designs vary widely in their style but are united by her careful approach to planting and her sensitive response to the site and the landscape that surrounds it. In this insightful book, Blom explains her philosophy of intelligent design – which she has brought to bear on more than 250 gardens around the world – and shows how to apply it any outdoor space, regardless of shape, size or aspect. Bringing together expert guidance with Blom’s lively wit, this is a book for horticulturalists to treasure.

Image: Andrew Montgomery, from ‘The Thoughtful Gardener’ 

Urban Flowers by Carolyn Dunster (£20, Frances Lincoln)

Published on 6 April, this book is ideal for anyone who has ever dreamed of nurturing a garden but simply doesn’t have the space. The garden designer Carolyn Dunster offers hundreds of ideas for how to bring life and colour into even the most unprepossing of outdoor areas. Learn which plants will thrive in an urban environment; find out how to make the most effective use of space; experiment with colour; and make your floral scheme last longer by drying or cutting flowers.

Image: Jason Ingram, from ‘Urban Flowers’

The Gardener’s Garden by Phaidon editors (£29.95, Phaidon)  

Republished in a compact midi-edition format, this visually splendid collection of the world’s most beautiful gardens features more than 1,300 horticultural photographs. Arranged geographically by continent, the compilation includes seasonal planting details, plus information about location, designer, date, type, style, size and climate for each entry. It spans myriad garden styles, from English cottage to alpine or tropical, with highlights including the botanical garden of Keukenhof in the Netherlands, the Renaissance-style Villa d’Este in Italy and Claude Monet’s famous garden at Giverny.

The garden at Keukenhof, from ‘The Gardener’s Garden’

The garden at Giverny, from ‘The Gardener’s Garden’



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