Spring is coming – 5 special gardening books

Inspirational gardens through the seasons

These books made it to the shortlist of the Garden Media Awards 2014

Not all about DOING gardening, some are fantastic reads about gardening!

Helene Gammack’s Inspirational gardens through the seasons

The National Trust looks after some of the world’s greatest gardens, and this glorious guide follows their progress through the seasons. From delicate spring blossom and carpets of bluebells at Emmets Garden in Kent, to luxurious mid-summer roses and wild meadows at Tyntesfield in Somerset, and from golden leaves and fiery autumnal landscapes at Stourhead in Wiltshire to winter topiary and snow-dusted statues at Chirk Castle in Wrexham, there is something for everyone in this book, whatever the season

RHS herbs for the gourmet gardener: old, new, common and curious herbs to grow and eatThe urban gardener by Matt James Royal Horticultural Society (Great Britain)

Garden designer, lecturer and broadcaster Matt James explores how to design an urban outdoor space, no matter the size or location – from balconies and roof terraces to courtyards, basement areas and front gardens, factoring in areas for relaxation, play and growing your own produce. There are 16 step-by-step projects including creating a ‘living’ green wall, planting under mature trees and making a gravel garden and 13 case studies showing great design in action, with examples from Tom Stuart-Smith, Charlotte Rowe and Christopher Bradley-Hole

A green and pleasant land: how England’s gardeners fought the Second World War by Ursula Buchan

‘War is the normal occupation of man – war and gardening’, said Winston Churchill, Britain’s A green and pleasant land: how England's gardeners fought the Second World Wargreat wartime Prime Minister. And so it was that during the Second World War these two strands of national life – war and gardening – became tightly intertwined. In ‘A Green and Pleasant Land’, Ursula Buchan tells the intriguing and inspiring story of how the British government encouraged and cajoled its citizens to contribute to the war effort by growing their own fruit and vegetables

RHS herbs for the gourmet gardener: old, new, common and curious herbs to grow and eat by Caroline Holmes Royal Horticultural Society (Great Britain)

More and more gardeners are discovering the delight of preparing and eating fresh homegrown food. For this growing band of enthusiasts, ‘RHS Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener’ is the indispensable guide to what to grow, cook and eat. Alongside familiar herb varieties are numerous novel options that offer a world of new colours and tastes. Each herb has its own listing, providing accessible information on climate, size, origin, storage, preparation and cultivation. Fascinating historical facts, nutritional information and classic recipes are interspersed with feature spreads on topics such as edible flowers and herbs to drink


 Royal Horticultural Society companion to scented plants by Stephen Lacey

An authoritative guide to creating beautiful, well designed gardens that are highly scented. Stephen Lacey analyses the different scent ‘flavours’ available to the gardener, and discusses how to use scent as an ingredient in a planting scheme