Ivydene Gardens Library Catalogue: Plant Species Books - M-T

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

Manual of woody landscape plants

0-87563-795-7

Michael A. Dirr

Leaf line drawings

Good description of each woody plant including common names, size, hardiness, habit, rate of vertical growth, texture of plant with and without foliage, bark and stem colour, leaf colour, flowers, fruit, culture, diseases and insects, landscape value, cultivars, propagation, related species, additional notes and native habitat

Mushrooms and other fungi of Great Britain & Europe

0-330-26441-9

Roger Phillips

900 fungi

Good descriptions with photographs

Natural Surroundings Catalogue for Wildlife Conservation Gardening

 

Centre for Wildlife Gardening and Conservation

 

Wild-flower plants, bulbs, seeds etc. Thin booklet

Old-fashioned roses their care and cultivation

0-304-31971-6

Amanda Beales

100 Roses

Good descriptions of 150 roses with colour photo alongside. Roses as companion plants. Good description lists of shrub roses for north-facing positions, shaded areas, poor soils, hedging, smaller garden, tubs and pots, greenhouse and conservatory and scented garden. Good description lists of climbers and ramblers for north-facing, shaded, poor soils, tree climbing, greenhouse and conservatory and the scented garden

Ornamental conifers

0-7153-6848-6

Julie Grace

554 conifers

Cultivar data of 554 conifers with colour photo

Our favourite camellias

0-330-37252-1

Roger Phillips & Martyn Rix

220 camellias

Descriptions of camellias with photographs

Plants for water gardens

1-84084-338-1

Malcolm Edwards

250 water plants

Good Description with photographs.

Pocket encyclopedia of Herbs

0-86318-436-7

Lesley Bremness

90 herbs

Good descriptions with colour photo. Herbs for cooking, home, beauty, health, cultivation and harvesting.

Pond guide

90-71605-06-X

Floraprint

221 pond plants and 20 fish

Plant photographs with flower times and depth into pond. Thin book

Primrose seeds

 

Barnhaven

Primroses

Good descriptions of primroses, some with colour photo. Maintenance instructions. Thin Booklet

Rhododendron hybrids second edition

0-7134-7121-2

Homer E. Salley and Harold E. Greer

592 rhododendron hybrids

Cultivar data of rhododendron hybrids

Roses

0-00-272165-1

Peter Beales

1900 roses

An illustrated encyclopedia and grower's handbook of species roses, old roses and modern roses, shrub roses and climbers

Sedges, rushes & ferns of britain and northern europe

0-00-219136-9

R. Fitter, A. Fitter, A. Farrer

420 sedges, rushes and ferns

All the native grasses, sedges, rushes and ferns of north-west quadrant of Europe are described with illustrations and map of specie's range

Shrubs

0-330-30258-2

Roger Phillips & Martyn Rix

1900 shrubs

Plant descriptions arranged according to their flowering season, from winter through to autumn

Successful Patio Containers

0-85202-681-1

Gardening Which?

30 annuals and perennials

Best annuals and perennials for use in patio containers with their descriptions and photographs. Thin book

The book of rhododendrons

0-7153-0061-X

Marianna Kneller

50 colour illustrations

50 rhododendron experts have written 50 articles with illustrations of their favourite rhododendrons by kneller.

The Book of Wildflowers

 

Richard Morse

Wordy essay on wildflowers in different locations in Britain

The bulb expert

0-903505-42-8

Dr. D.G. Hessayon

Diagrams

Good descriptions of indoor and outdoor bulbs in alphabetical order. How to maintain them and short essays of where to use them. List of bulbs in flower for each month of the year

The colour encyclopedia of ornamental grasses, sedges, rushes, restios, cat-tails and selected bamboos

0-297-82531-3

Rick Darke

500 sedges, rushes, restios, cat-tails and bamboos

Good descriptions with photographs. Essay on designing with grasses

The complete book of herbs and herb growing

0-7063-6208-X

Roy Genders

 

Published 1980. General horticulture and uses of herbs are detailed with herb directory of their culture and uses. Lists of medicinal herbs and culinary herbs.

 

 

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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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