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Plant Books and CD-ROM's

alpines - bonsai - clematis - fuchsia - lawns -
roses - shrubs & trees - wildlife gardens


Alpines: An Essential Guide

Alpines have been a favourite plant for generations of gardeners and are as popular now as ever. Historically they were used in rockeries, but they offer far more potential for today's gardens, which are generally becoming smaller. Whether planted in troughs, window boxes, raised beds or between paving, alpines offer fantastic versatiltiy and colour for nearly every month of the year.


Alpines have been a favourite plant for generations of gardeners and are as popular now as ever. Historically they were used in rockeries, but they offer far more potential for today's gardens, which are generally becoming smaller. Whether planted in troughs, window boxes, raised beds or between paving, alpines offer fantastic versatiltiy and colour for nearly every month of the year.


Bonsai Basics: A Comprehensive Guide to Care and Cultivation

"The New Pyramid Bonsai Basics" explains in detail all the techniques needed to keep a bonsai alive and in good shape. Clear text and step-by-step illustrations ensure that even the most nervous newcomer can approach looking after bonsai with confidence. Filled with over 120 specially commissioned photographs and illustrations, the "New Pyramid Bonsai Basics" is an extensive directory of both indoor and outdoor trees and their characteristics.

RHS The Little Book of Bonsai

The Little Book of Bonsai will make you an instant expert in the art of growing miniature trees. It is packed with myth-busting surprises, the first of which is that growing bonsai really isn't as hard as most people think. In fact, they are no more difficult to look after than other pot plants, and easier than many. This book makes the job even easier by breaking down the subject into three clear sections: Getting Started, Ongoing Care and Species Profiles.


Clematis for Small Spaces: 150 High-performance Plants for Patios, Decks, Balconies and Borders

Clematis have long enjoyed popularity in gardens large enough to accommodate them and now, with the arrival of a new generation of cultivars that excel in mixed borders, containers, and other small spaces, there is more reason than ever to grow them. As well as being modest in height, many of these new clematis are extremely floriferous and self-supporting, thus ensuring their value in a wide range of garden situations.

Evison recommends the best clematis for compact spaces such as indoor and outdoor containers, mixed borders, deck gardens, hanging baskets, and balconies, and goes on to provide detailed plant descriptions organized by flowering season. This long-awaited book celebrates a new generation of clematis and will appeal to both established enthusiasts and beginners.


Fuchsias - The New Cultivars

"Fuchsias - The New Cultivars" follows George Bartlett's first volume, "Fuchsias - A Colour Guide", profiling another 1500 newly created cultivars with over 500 colour photographs. Starting with practical advice from an expert on how to care for this beautiful plant, it then updates the fuchsia enthusiast and specialist with entries on the very latest cultivars.

The Gardener's Guide to Growing Fuchsias

This is the complete guide to cultivating fuchsias, with step-by-step gardening techniques, an illustrated directory of over 500 varieties and 800 beautiful photographs. Beginning with the outdoor garden, this book shows how to grow fuchsias as specimen plants, for summer bedding, in the rockery, underplanted with bulbs, as hedges and as trained shapes. Beautifully illustrated galleries showcase an inspirational range of colours and types. A section on container gardens shows how to use fuchsias in large pots, urns, troughs, boxes, hanging baskets, hanging pots, wall troughs, wall pots, chimney pots and more. A comprehensive techniques section looks at every aspect of basic fuchsia care.


Lawn Care - Everything You Need to Know to Have Perfect Lawn

It is very important to take good care of your lawn. The lawn represents your personality. Whether it is in front of the house or office, you need to look after the lawn on a regular basis. Nobody wants to see a poorly maintained lawn area. It can also be a good way to make an impression in public. People always want to be successful in both personal and professional life. As we know the first impression is always the last impression, a well-maintained lawn could be the perfect example to achieve that feat. This book guides you thoroughly on how to take care of a lawn area.

Lawn care: 51 Tips for Taking Care of Your Lawn

The moment you see a healthy lawn, you can feel its beauty right away. The lush, smooth and green carpet like perfection can enhance the aesthetic value of your house. To get the same praise for your lawn, at first, you need to change your mindset and your perception. You may have heard the phrase in golf “Be the ball”. Likewise, you need to be the grass to properly understand its requirements and maintain it. At any time of the year, your lawn might need a little extra love and care. It is in your hand to renovate your lawn, just by following some simple tips of this book. Once you try these tips and suggestions, you'll definitely appreciate these environmentally friendly advices to maintain the health of the lawn.


Alan Titchmarsh How To Garden: Growing Roses

The rose is the nation's favourite flower and never goes out of fashion. In this definitive guide, Alan Titchmarsh shows how to grow and care for roses in your garden. He covers all the essential techniques and provides inspirational ideas for training and planting schemes that will ensure healthy plants and stunning displays year on year.

  • A-Z directory of Alan's recommended roses
  • Essential techniques for pruning and support
  • How to combine roses with other plants
  • Suggested roses for all garden situations, including shady and exposed sites
  • Comprehensive guide to understanding rose types

Shrubs and Trees:

Shrubs (Hillier Gardener's Guide)

The Hillier Gardener's Guide to Shrubs is one of the lead titles in a new series of gardening books from David and Charles working in partnership with Hillier, Britain's most respected plantsmen. The Hillier stand at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show has won an astonishing 59 Gold Medals with an unbroken record of Golds since 1945.

Trees, Shrubs & Hedges for Your Home

Get the lowdown on everything you need to know to create your own stunning garden filled with gorgeous plants & trees. Landscape professionals regard trees, shrubs, and hedges as the 'bones', or essential framework, of any landscape design. The trick is to select the best plants for your growing conditions which will look good together. Trees, Shrubs & Hedges is packed with expert advice on everything you need to know, including: how to design your garden for year-round interest; how to select the right plants for your growing conditions; tips on caring for your plants and maintaining your garden; and, design advice for creating balance and harmony with colour, size, and texture.

Wildlife Gardens:

RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening

This best-selling book was first published as How to Make a Wildlife Garden, and launched at the 1985 Chelsea Flower Show, making wildlife a mainstream issue for gardeners and the public. Now fully revised and updated by the author, this beautiful new freshly illustrated edition highlights the changes in garden wildlife over the past 30 years. Incorporating RHS research, updated best practice and addressing a multitude of controversial conservation issues, this stunning guide is also a celebration of the rich variety of wild plants and animals that can bring a beautiful garden to life. 

The Wildlife Gardener

A joyous book - Alan Titchmarsh Bright, colourful and boundlessly enthusiastic, this is also a practical guide to making your garden a refuge for wildlife to fit all plots. - Chris Packham 'The Wildlife Gardner' is a book which helps you to create wildlife habitats in your very own garden, and is very handily split into sections on shelter, food and water. Kate gives advice on the best nectar and pollen plants to grow, dos and don'ts of bird feeding and organic methods of pest control.There are also 10 step-by-step projects that will help encourage wildlife into your garden, such as: creating a bumblebee nester, making a green roof and building a hedgehog box. With step-by-step pictures to help you follow the instructions, these homely creations are all achievable in a weekend and are suitable for even the smallest gardens. Also included is a mini field guide, which will help you to identify the birds and other creatures that you are likely to spot in your garden.