Ivydene Gardens Library Catalogue: Plant Association Books - A-R

Each entry, where possible, has an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) to assist you in locating a copy.

In order to assist the design process for a garden, the Library has been split into the following order of abstraction:-

  • Garden Style - The overall style of the garden — Cottage, Japanese, Feng-Shui, Informal, Formal, Wildlife Friendly etc - dictates which following design and plant books are suitable to use
  • Garden Design - gives design methodologies to follow for the Garden Style chosen.
  • Garden Planting Design gives planting design ideas for the beds of the overall garden design chosen above.
  • Wildlife gives details concerning wildlife that could be found in gardens, their lifestyle and how to encourage them to your garden.
  • Location of Plants shows which plants should be grouped together for its soil, shade, colour for the garden style chosen.
  • Plant Association shows which plant combinations give a pleasing colour combination or foliage contrast.
  • Plant Types gives growing conditions of a particular family of plants, i.e. Primulas, with lists of where suitable and finally
  • Plant Species gives data about a particular family of plants in restricted format.

The Reference Library and the Practical Projects categories will assist with construction.

Private garden maintenance can then be assisted by the following:-

  • Gardening gives general information on how to garden for the whole garden,
  • Garden Cultivation gives specific data about growing vegetables in a kitchen garden, or fruit in an orchard, or lawns, ponds etc,
  • Propagation gives details on how to propagate new plants from seed, division or grafting,
  • Garden Pests includes information on garden pests and diseases with their control and
  • Garden Tips gives tips on different parts of gardening.

Please note that entries in the library pages in red text indicate books that Chris Garnons-Williams has found to be more useful than the others in that section.

Title

ISBN

Author

Pictures of

Content

50 Recipes for Colourful Hanging Baskets

0-7063-7557-2

Richard Bird

50 hanging baskets with planting diagram

50 hanging basket plant combinations with planting and maintenance instructions

Awkward Corners

0-7063-6705-7

Alan Toogood

Planting plans with descriptions of plants for awkward garden corners

A-Z of Companion Planting

0-304-34324-2

Pamela Allardice

Essays on companions of each plant described with scientific findings, folklore, herbal remedies and recipes; plants in alphabetical order

Classic Plant Combinations

1-85029-994-3

David Stuart

Plant combinations

Photos of classic plant combinations for 1) climbers and wall plants, 2) woodland and water, 3) kitchen gardens, 4) wildflower meadows, 5) cottage borders, and 6) plantsmen's borders

Companion Gardening

1-85626-054-2

Bob Flowerdew

Using plant companions in the ornamental and productive gardens

Companion Planting

0-7225-0694-5

Gertrud Franck

Essay on companion planting in vegetable garden

Companion Planting how to choose and use plants that thrive together

0-7472-0207-9

Richard Bird

Plants

Plant list deters pests, plant list is host to insects, and plant list controls pests, tables of vegetables/herbs/fruit with good companions and poor companions. List of red/orange/yellow flower plants.

Conifers and Heathers

1-85501-004-6

Alan Toogood

Conifers and heathers

Good descriptions of heathers and small conifers, some with photo. Essays on use of these plants. Cultivation and maintenance instructions.

Flower Bulbs Among the Green

 

International Flower Bulb Centre

Bulbs

Combinations for borders of other perennials with bulbs. Perennial bulb genus data of habitat, soil requirements, moist, application, spreading, flowering months, and planting density table. Thin Booklet

Gardening for Fragrance

0-706-6744-8

Jane Taylor

Flowers and diagrams

Essay on fragrant plant associations. Plant description tables – trees with fragrant flowers, trees with aromatic bark, wood or leaves, shrubs with fragrant flowers, shrubs with aromatic foliage, climbers with fragrant flowers, herbaceous plants with fragrant flowers, herbaceous plants with aromatic foliage, annuals and biennials with fragrant flowers, bulbs with fragrant flowers.

Gardening in Miniature a practical guide to making the most of small plants in the garden

0-7063-7080-5

Martin Baxendale

plants, line drawings and planting plans

Miniature plant lists of - rock, small perennial border, dwarf bulbs, small and miniature shrubs, and dwarf conifers. Essays on miniature plants for different sites

Gardening in Shade

0-460-86020-8

Jane Taylor

16 flowers

Good essay on rhododendron woodland with companion plants as well as all the other shade areas

Gardening With Bulbs. A practical guide

0-7078-0320-9

Cathy Buchanan

20 bulbs

Data from 10 national trust head gardener's about bulbs. Detailed bulb information about where to put them

Gardening With Old Roses

0-304-34354-4

Alan Sinclair & Rosemary Thodey

Roses

Companion plants for old roses essay. How to use roses in different situations as essay

Hemerocallis Daylilies

0-7134-7065-8

Walter Erhardt

38 daylilies

Lists of different types with flower colour details, some with colour photo. Cultivation details. Companion plant good descriptions in lists by colour

Ivies

0-7137-2159-6

Peter Q. Rose

71 ivies

125 good descriptions of ivies, some with colour photo. Essay on suggested ivies for different garden locations

Ornamental Grasses

0-00-412603-3

Alan Toogood

Grasses

60 good descriptions of grasses, some with colour photos. Essay of grass/plant combinations for different sites. Thin Booklet

Plant Partners

0-7513-0355-0

Anna Pavord

 

Creative plant associations for perennials. Also lists of alternative plants with the star plant

Planting Companions

1-900518-23-6

Jill Billington

Plant combinations

How to combine plants in the garden

Plants for Ground-Cover

0-460-12609-1

Graham Stuart Thomas

111 ground cover plants

Lists of plants for – requiring lime-free soils, thrive in limy soils, tolerate clay, dry shady places, moist soils, shady positions, hot sunny places on dry soils, maritime districts, which create barriers, for town gardens, covering rose-beds. Good descriptions in alphabetically ordered tables of ground cover shrubs, climbing plants, conifers, herbaceous, grasses and rushes, and ferns. Good essays on how to use these plants in private gardens

Reader's Digest Guide to Creative Gardening

 

Reader's Digest

Plants and gardens

A guide to the best plants and how to use them - annuals and biennials, perennials, bulbs, climbing plants, rock garden plants, roses, shrubs, trees, water garden plants. Index and plant selection chart of all these plants. Plant lists for special purposes. Some plant associations are given in photographic/essay form.

 

 

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The Garden Style chosen at the beginning defines what a garden should look like.

Following this choice of Garden Style, then:-

  • use the relevant Garden Design methodology, then
  • use the Planting Design to implement the ideas for the beds, before
  • using the Location of Plants to show which plants should be grouped together for the soil, shade and colour of that Garden Style chosen.

Plant Association shows which plant combinations give pleasing flower or foliage colour combinations, then

Plant Type gives growing conditions of a family of plants - ie Primulas - with lists of primulas with the same flower colour, foliage colour or height and where is suitable for those plants, followed by

Plant Species gives data about a family of plants in a restrictd format - ie without lists - as the lowest level of useful information (unless you are prepared to read the text in a whole book each time you want to use this particular species of plant).

 

Gardening gives general information on how to garden for the whole garden.

Garden Cultivation gives specific information on veg, fruit, lawn, pond, etc.

Garden Pests details garden pests/diseases and their control.

 

Practical Projects gives details on how to construct hard landscaping.

 

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