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Easy Gardening (Daily Telegraph)


Easy Gardening (Daily Telegraph)

3.5 (2008)

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    Available in PDF Format | Easy Gardening (Daily Telegraph).pdf | English
    Miranda Beaufort(Author) Jane Nicholas(Author)
Questions of what to plant where tax many gardeners - novices especially. What plants will look good with each other? How can you make a planting that will be attractive for more than a few weeks of the year? What can you plant in a 'difficult' spot?

This book makes beautiful planting easy by providing recipes for a variety of garden situations. Each recipe has a shopping list of what plants you need and how many. A planting plan shows how to position them and you're given all the information you need on how to look after them.

This isn't just another over-simplified general gardening book.In fact it is an extremely doable collection of simple, cottagey schemes . . . . Were I new to gardening, or to a particular set of growing conditions, this planting-by-numbers book would really boost my confidence (Gardening Which)... it's unique selling point is its genuine simplicity and directness - unlike most books labelled 'easy', this one really spells it out.I suspect this is what an awful lot of people want from a planting book (Daily Telegraph)The authors' step-by-step advice makes this book every bit as reliable in the garden as Delia's [is] in the kitchen. (Daily Express)

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  • By Irina Polyviannaia on 8 May 2005

    I found this book in a library and do not want to return it back now :). Which is why I am buying it now. If you like me tried to put together plants and it did not necessarily work out that well - then this book is for you and it will teach you how to combine plants and tell you about specific varieties that work best for your spot. More than that - choosing plants that work well together for any type of beds (deep shady, sunny, specific colour theme) indeed becomes easy. The book provides 42 different beds (each bed for the size 4m long, 2m deep) with photographs and descriptions of all listed plants and how to look after them. I always take this book when I go to nurseries for an exciting shopping - it saves your money since you know exactly what to look for!

  • By S. Thwaites on 30 June 2009

    This is a brilliant book, full of excellent ideas for planting a wide variety of garden beds. The lay out is deceptively simple, easy to use but has all the information that you need. And the drawings and photos are also of a high standard. It is good for beginners and experienced gardeners. We borrowed a copy from the library and ended up buying our own from Amazon Marketplace. Highly recommended.

  • By Mrs Penny Busby on 3 May 2012

    I bought this book two or three years ago and I still regularly browse through it for inspiration.It is primarily a design book (describing how to put together planting schemes), but with plenty of information on the individual plants and their cultivation, how to extend the season of interest with additional planting and the general maintenance of the planting schemes.There are approximately 40 planting recipes for different locations within the garden; e.g. A Sunny Island Bed: Maroon, Pale Yellow and Cream, A Shady Bed against a Wall: Green, Purple and White. I absolutely love many of these colour combinations and the photographs display some truly beautiful plants.The careful selection of plants, including their flower and foliage colours, can transform an ordinary garden into an exceptional one. This book has certainly helped me to improve my own garden and I would recommend it to others.

  • By Sue Short on 3 August 2016

    I got this to replace a copy that I lent to somebody which was not returned. This book has good suggestions of plant combinations for borders AND good information about plant size and what conditions the plants require/would suit. Pictures of the suggested plants help to identify these. I am pleased to have a copy of this old favourite again as I find it a really useful reference book.

  • By John Malcom Palmer on 21 December 2013

    A wonderful read with lots of good ideas and useful tips. Good value for money - with good pictures to show how things will look.

  • By loobylou on 3 August 2009

    I was hoping for a book that would indeed give tips and advice on making gardening easier i.e. how to control weeds, lay out to make work easier, the best tools to use etc. etc. All this book does is give about 40 different permutations of plants/flowers to put in standard size plot. Happily I was able to send the book back and get a refund. The moto of the story is never judge a book by its title!

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