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Resilient Garden

by Tom Massey (DK £27, 256pp)

With weather patterns getting more extreme, many gardeners are having to rethink their outdoor spaces. Designer Tom Massey offers lots of encouraging, practical advice on how to adapt your garden for a changing climate, from using drought-tolerant plants to water conservation, smart irrigation, mulching and green roofs.

The Gardening Book

by Monty Don (BBC Books £28, 352pp)

Gardening can seem daunting at first, Monty Don acknowledges, but ‘it is not an exam. No one is judging you’. There’s a wealth of information here, covering just about everything you need to know about making a garden, from testing the soil to structure and design, planting and welcoming wildlife. There’s no better guide than Monty.

England’s Gardens

by Stephen Parker (DK £25, 224pp)

Where does our national passion for gardening spring from, and how are we influenced by the gardeners who came before us? Profiling some of England’s most celebrated gardens, both old and new, this erudite, well-illustrated book also considers how future gardens might look. A thought-provoking look at how our identity has shaped our landscape.

The Garden Problem Solver

(BBC Books £16.99, 288pp)

Even the most experienced gardener will have failures and disappointments: seedlings that rot, plants that flop, fruit bushes that don’t fruit. This no-frills manual covers everything from lawn care and compost to vegetables, ornamental plants and ponds. Full of sound advice, it’s a great book to dip into.

Garden Style

by Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majerus (Mitchell Beazley £40, 320pp)

This handsome tome covers dozens of garden styles with advice on how to achieve the look. Some are familiar; others, like ‘New Country’ or ‘Finca Style’, will be new to many. Magnificently photographed, it shows just how many ways there are to design a garden.

Not Another Jungle

by Tony Le-Britton (DK £16.99, 192pp)

Tony Le-Britton started his house-plant collection by amassing 100 orchids. He now runs his own houseplant shop. This chatty guide to indoor plants looks at what varieties to choose, how much light you need, how to pot them and how to avoid pests and diseases. A good primer for novice indoor gardeners.

The Flower Yard

by Arthur Parkinson (Kyle Books £22, 208pp)

Does size matter when it comes to making a really exciting garden? Using photographs from his own garden, Arthur Parkinson shows how a combination of vibrant colours and dramatic flowers and foliage, planted in pots, can transform a tiny space. Ideal for anyone wanting to turn a patio or balcony into a glamorous haven.

A Love Affair with Peonies

by Alec White (Bird Eye Books £30, 160pp)

Its flowers may be fleeting, but few plants are as sumptuously romantic as peonies. Alec White, who runs a specialist peony nursery, loves their beauty and their easy-going nature. With advice on how to care for peonies, this colourful book will have you dreaming of summer.

The Flower Yard by Arthur Parkinson (Kyle Books £22, 208pp)

A Love Affair with Peonies by Alec White (Bird Eye Books £30, 160pp)

The Flower Yard by Arthur Parkinson (Kyle Books £22, 208pp), and A Love Affair with Peonies by Alec White (Bird Eye Books £30, 160pp)

Rekha’s Kitchen Garden

by Rekha Mistry (DK £18.99, 192pp)

A familiar face from Gardeners’ World, Rekha Mistry began growing fruit and veg to show her children where their food came from. This is a good guide to what to grow; her tips on the best techniques for sowing, watering, thinning and harvesting are reassuringly uncomplicated.

The Cottage Garden

by Claus Dalby (Cool Springs Press £28, 336pp)

The cottage garden style may seem quintessentially English, but its appeal is worldwide. Danish writer Claus Dalby explores what makes a cottage garden so irresistible, with case studies from Britain, Scandinavia, America and Germany. Sumptuously illustrated, this book is a real treat.

Rekha's Kitchen Garden by Rekha Mistry (DK £18.99, 192pp)

The Cottage Garden by Claus Dalby (Cool Springs Press £28, 336pp)

Rekha’s Kitchen Garden by Rekha Mistry (DK £18.99, 192pp) and The Cottage Garden by Claus Dalby (Cool Springs Press £28, 336pp)



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