Ivydene Gardens Library Catalogue: Garden Design Books - A-G

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

A Japanese Touch for Your Garden

4-7700-1661-1

Kiyoshi Seike, Masanobu Kudo, David H. Engel

130 Japanese gardens

Much gardening in Japan is done by a sense of what works and what looks best. And the key to this is your own sensitivity, drawn from your experience of nature. Get out to a park or woods or mountaintop and look around. Once you have an idea of the effect you want in your Japanese garden, use this book to help you achieve it.

An Introduction to Landscape Design and Construction

0-566-07775-2

James Blake

153 figures

Introduction to landscape design with an overview from a working rather than academic point of view.

Country Gardening: Country Style A natural approach to planning and planting

0-7153-0241-8

Peter Thompson

Line drawings

Good Essay on creating a country garden by critcising the original and solving its problems with the additions. Descriptive list of plants that do well in the shade. Native shrubs for hedges.

Creating a Low-Allergen Garden

1-85732-454-4

Lucy Huntingdon

Plants and planting plans

Describes allergic reactions to plants. How to design and plant a low-allergen garden with plant lists and good descriptions with colour photo

Creating Small Formal Gardens

1-85029-231-0

Roy Strong

100 Formal garden pictures and photos

The language, heritage, repertory, application and practicalities of formality with 24 designs

Creative Sustainable Gardening

1-89804-923-8

Diana Anthony

100 colour

Offers advice on techniques for chemical-free gardening from soil conditioning to composting, mulching and creating a home worm farm. Has companion planting charts for vegetables and herbs and quick reference guides to easycare plants for every situation.

Design and Plant a Mixed Border

0-7063-7367-7

Noel Kingsbury

Planting design illustrations

How to design a mixed border using shape, texture, colour and the seasons with plant lists

Garden Design

0-7525-1599-3

Mathew Clark

400 colour

48 gardens from around the world, which are photographed with design description for roof gardens, small outside gardens, inside-outside gardens or vertical gardens. Gives ideas!

Read this in your best Yorkshire accent.

 

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Yorkshireman: "Can tha mek us a gold statue of yon dog?"

Jeweller: "Do you want it 18 carat?"

Yorkshireman: "No, I want it chewin' a bone yer daft bugger!"

 

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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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