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Your design: garden design in history; what's right for you?; working with nature; contemporary gardens; natural gardens; family gardens; paved gardens; cottage gardens; making a plan; regulation rectangles; long and lean; tricky triangular. Vertical gardening: what's it about?; hedges; which hedging plants?; fences; walls; garden structures; climbers; clematis; climbing roses; rambler roses. Patio gardening: perfect patios; building a slab patio; building decking; filling in the gaps; plants for patio beds; paths and steps; container gardening; top of the pots; the year-round patio. Beds and borders: placing plants; design rules; trees; evergreen shrubs; deciduous shrubs; filling in the fine detail; roses; perennials; grasses; ground-cover plants; bulbs; exotics; annuals and biennials; rock plants. Water features: design considerations; ponds; water features; water plants; bog gardens; bog plants. Edible gardens: growing your own; traditional vegetables; ornamental vegetables; salads; growing in containers; patio crops; fruit; herbs. Wildlife gardens: gardens and wildlife; making a wildlife garden; wild flowers. Covered gardens: greenhouse gardening; greenhouse jobs; greenhouse crops; ornamental plants; the conservatory; conservatory plants; under-cover nursery; propagation methods; caring for your plants. Epilogue.

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Originally trained at Hertfordshire College of Horticulture and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Alan Titchmarsh is the author of over 40 books about gardening, including How to be a Gardener Book 1: Back to Basics, the fastest-selling of all time in the genre, and the bestselling The Kitchen Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg. He writes for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, and is gardening correspondent for the Daily Express and Sunday Express. He has presented Gardeners' World, the annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show and Nature of Britain, and has his own daily chatshow.


Back with his second series, the blue-eyed much-loved garden presenter Alan Titchmarsh teaches the nations gardeners how to design their garden. Whereas Book 1 taught them the basic botany and how to do the practical bits, this one explores how to transform a boring back garden into a place of paradise. Easily written in his inimitable chatty style, he shares top design tips in an easy-to-understand way for all to comprehend. Lavishly illustrated with pictures to make the mind drool, all styles of garden are represented from rustic to formal, contemporary to old-fashioned cottage garden. And all aspects of gardening are covered too: water gardening, vegetable growing, patio planting and how to encourage wildlife into your garden even if you do live in the middle of a city. As Book 1, this will become a gardener's essential reading, lending itself to both the novice and the more experienced in search of inspiration. - Lucy Watson

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