Ivydene Gardens Library Catalogue: Plant Type Books - H-S

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

Hillier's manual of trees & shrubs

0-7153-1073-9

Hillier and Son

8000 tree and shrub cultivar data with colour size and habit

Illustrated guide to gardening

 

Reader's Digest

Plant diagrams

Good descriptive lists of plants for all the garden for outdoor gardening, gardening under cover, gardening for food and the gardener's enemies

Manual of alpine plants

0-304-34063-4

Will Ingwersen

Description of most alpine plants without height or width data

Notcutts

 

Charles Notcutt

Cultivar data of plants sold by notcutts garden centres

Perennial garden plants

0-460-86048-8

Graham Stuart Thomas

Illustrations

Grasses, sedges and rushes, ferns, and other perennials in alphabetical good description order. Lists of perennials for different uses with plant combinations

Perennials volume 1 early perennials

0-330-30926-9

Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix

1250 perennials

Spring and early summer perennials good descriptions, some with colour photograph

Perennials volume 2 late perennials

0-330-29275-7

Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix

1250 perennials

Midsummer and autumn perennials good descriptions, some with colour photographs

Plants for dry gardens

0-7112-0772-0

Jane Taylor

Plants

1000 good descriptions of drought-tolerant plants. Lists of plants for ground cover, wind-tolerant, bold or lush foliage, sword-shaped leaves, and fragrant and aromatic

Pocket Guide Garden Plants

0-7523-0020-2

Brian Davis

229 perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs and corms, alpines, ferns and ornamental grasses

Good descriptions with colour picture of perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs and corms, alpines, ferns and ornamental grasses in flower season order

Reader's Digest Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and Flowers

 

Reader's Digest

2500 plants

3000 good descriptions of plants

Scented Plants

0-00-412395-6

Ann Bonar

60 scented plants

60 good descriptions, some with colour photos. Thin Booklet

Shrubs

0-947793-60-7

Karlheinz Jacobi

Shrubs

Step-by-step garden guide to growing and maintaining shrubs which are decorative, climbing, hedges and for all purposes

The Bedding Plant Expert

0-903505-34-7

Dr. D.G. Hessayon

Diagrams

Good descriptions of bedding plants in alphabetical order. How to maintain them and short essays of where to use them

The Bedding Plant Guide

0-903001-63-2

British Bedding Plant Association

Bedding plant flowers

Good descriptions with colour photo. Plant lists for a purpose or colour. Thin Book

The Evergreen Expert

0-903505-51-7

Dr. D.G. Hessayon

Diagrams

Good descriptions of evergreens in alphabetical order. How to maintain them and short essays of where to use them

The Flowering Shrub Expert

0-903505-39-8

Dr. D.G. Hessayon

Diagrams

Good descriptions of flowering shrubs in alphabetical order. How to maintain them and lists of where to use them

 

 

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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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