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Over the last twenty or so years garden ferns have greatly increased in popularity and a gardener's options have never been more exciting, but making the correct choice has perhaps become more difficult. Written for the gardener, enthusiast and horticulturalist, this book will reveal the fabulous range of form offered by ferns; show ways of displaying ferns in the smallest to the largest gardens; help in the selection process by giving guidance on tolerance of cold, soil acidity, drought, sun, wind etc. There are also suggestions where to acquire ferns, from the commonest to the rarest. An authoritative and highly illustrated A to Z section, listing over 500 different taxa, further helps with identification and selecting the ideal fern for any cool temperate garden.
RHS Weeds gathers together 50 untamed and beautifully wild plant species, illustrated with exquisite botanical images. These subversive species no longer need to be seen as 'plants out of place'. In the modern garden, where harmony with nature and the ability to thrive under challenging conditions are key, weeds are finally getting their moment in the sun. RHS Weeds highlights the delicate charms of some of the most fascinating vagabond plants around. Beautiful botanical illustrations, including many from the Royal Horticultural Society's collections, and captivating profiles by RHS author Gareth Richards, provide key information for the modern gardener on the characteristics, usefulness and cultivation of these unsung heroes of the plant world.
Scotland is one of the best places in the world to garden. Its maritime climate, ample rainfall, and the rarity of severe droughts and really hot weather mean that huge numbers of plants grow well there. But the climate varies considerably - from the colder, wetter, windier mountainous areas to the west coast where tender plants can be grown outdoors all year round - and choosing plants that are suited to the local conditions is critical to success. Kenneth Cox and Raoul Curtis-Machin have evaluated the performance of thousands of plants in gardens all over Scotland, drawing on the knowledge and experience of many gardeners and nurserymen, and in this book they describe - with over 800 photographs - the most reliable shrubs, conifers, trees, fruit and perennials for Scotland. In this book Scottish gardeners will find accurate information and hundreds of great plants ideally suited to where they live.
Propagating plants does not have to be a mystery. This Guide presents the 34 most commonly employed propagating methods. Each method is illustrated and described in easy-to-follow detail. The best propagating methods for garden trees, perennials, bulbous plants, shrubs and climbing plants, cacti and succulents, roses, orchids, bromeliads, grasses and water plants are given. In full colour, protection coated.
Pass on a love of gardening and nature to children with these 35 fun and rewarding outdoor and indoor projects. Gardening for Kids is full of inspirational ideas to get your kids excited about nature. Dawn Isaac shows you how to sow a wheelbarrow vegetable garden, make cress caterpillars, build an insect hotel, or plant a sunflower alley in your own backyard, using everyday objects and recycled junk. There are chapters on creative containers, from teapots to rainboots, windowsill gardening of foods such as cress and beans, and beautiful nature crafts that can be made indoors. Whether your outdoor space is big or small, or just a balcony or even a window ledge, these fun and creative ideas will keep your kids entertained-and learning about gardening-all year round.
I have written this book so that others can experience the thrill of making a garden that is as boisterous as it is beautiful; a garden that sizzles with vivid colour and is alive with bees and butterflies; a garden of intoxicating scents that suffuse your skin and make you feel good even if the day is grey. And I also wanted to share the pleasure of a garden that somehow puts itself together with little intervention from the gardener - no planting plans required - and, as a bonus, needs no watering and very little maintenance. The traditional Mediterranean garden offers a garden that is beautiful through every season, whatever the climate, so that it can survive through the driest summers, and yet can cope with damp, rain and even frost. The low-water no-water method is for those who like their plants spirited and their flower beds exuberant. There are instructions for planting evergreens with robust, aromatic foliage, as well as low-maintenance shrubs that need no staking, watering, feeding or pruning. The book shows how tough love, not pampering, pays off, giving you a drought-proof and aromatic paradise in your own plot. Create a garden that is full of radiance and scent, with vivid flowers and foliage, and aromatic herbs - the perfect outdoor living room, whatever the weather. * Includes a foreword by writer and broadcaster Richard Mabey, and photographs by Simon McBride
Fuel your houseplant obsession with this beautifully illustrated room-by-room guide to bringing the outdoors inside-perfect for plant parents everywhere! Millions of plant lovers and newbie gardeners are discovering the joys of bringing plants into their homes. Not only do they add a fresh, natural touch to any room, they also have serious mood-boosting power, and help to reduce stress, improve air quality, and even provide fresh herbs for that next meal! It's a no-brainer that houseplants can improve our quality of life-but how do you maximize their benefits without sacrificing style. Full of home design and practical plant care tips as well as more than 70 plant recommendations, Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom is an illustrated guide to help you choose the right plants for your space, from succulents and spider plants to pothos and ZZ plants. A Houseplant 101 section will set you off on the right foot, covering essentials of plant care and maintenance, as well as basic troubleshooting, and a primer on the health benefits of indoor plants. Then, going room by room, you will find space-specific recommendations, such as: -Purifying the air in your bedroom with low light beauties -Decorating your bathroom with air plants and ferns-your shower powers the climate is they need to thrive! -Creating a living centerpiece for your dining room or breakfast nook -Adding a low-maintenance bamboo or jade plant to your home office for motivation and focus -Growing a windowsill herb box or hydroponic tomato to level up your next meal Perfect for fans of Wild at Home, Urban Jungle, and Wellness by Design, this book will give plant lovers the tools and confidence they need to bring houseplants into every corner of their homes, improve their quality of life, and turn their home into a natural sanctuary.
Making a haven for wildlife doesn't require acres of land in the countryside. If you get the habitat and planting right, then even the tiniest of urban gardens can host a variety of creatures from birds and bees to hedgehogs. Covering everything from going organic to making a pond and turning your green space into a wildlife haven - this book is for gardeners who want to apply a more holistic approach to gardening and create their own urban sanctuary. Through a collection of simple projects that can be easily adapted for a variety of gardens and planting guides, this book will help you to re-connect with natural world on your own doorstep. Jane Moore will draw on her 16 years of experience of creating an urban sanctuary in the heart of the city as she lays out the simple ways in which you can approach making even the smallest patch of land a haven for wildlife, great or small.