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View larger image of 'Botanica's Annuals & Perennials' -  Botanica's Annuals & Perennials
Over 2000 plants are featured in an A-Z format with a colour photo and concise description in a compact format. 2006 7 ¾ x 5 ¾ 1008 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
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Anisko, Tomasz -  When Perennials Bloom
When planning a garden it is helpful to have a good idea of when plants will flower to achieve specific effects, whether it be a mass flowering or extending the season. The author - curator of Longwood Gardens - combines information from countries across the world with basic understanding of how the weather and climate impact plants flowering to help this exercise. The comprehensive A-Z both provides this information as well as many colour illustrations. 2008 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 510 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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View larger image of 'Uncommon Climbers for Every Garden'Armitage, Allan -  Uncommon Climbers for Every Garden
The well known American author makes his selection for containers, conservatories and open garden. As you’d expect, he includes both familiar and less common and more recent introductions among the 115 plants he has selected, and provides propagation information as well as cultivation. 2010 10 ¾ x 7 ½ 212 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials & Half Hardy Perennials'Armitage, Allan -  Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials & Half Hardy Perennials
245 genera are cover in the distinguished author’s personal style, giving not jus the facts of the plants – description, cultivation, propagation etc but also the authors personal views on them. A classic on these plants. 2001 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 539 pages plus 64 pages of colour photos
 
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View larger image of 'Armitage's Garden Annuals'Armitage, Allan -  Armitage's Garden Annuals
The knowledgeable author has selected the annuals which he considers the best for gardens, and gives his own style of commentary of them in an A-Z colour Encyclopedia. 2004 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 368 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £35), 
Price: £(GBP)22.50
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Armitage, Allan -  Armitage's Native Plants for North American Gardens
An A-Z encyclopedia of suitable and available plants, written in an easy style but still with all the information you’d need about cultivation, appearance and size etc, well illustrated with many colour photos. 2006 10 ½ x 7 ¾
 
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View larger image of 'Armitage's Garden Perennials - a Colour Encyclopedia'Armitage, Allan -  Armitage's Garden Perennials - a Colour Encyclopedia
An attractive A-Z of the recommended plants by this well known academic but also practical gardener, well illustrated with colour photos. 2000 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 323 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Plant Profiles - Gardens Illustrated'Atkins (Ed) -  Plant Profiles - Gardens Illustrated
To celebrate 10 years of “Gardens Illustrated”, this book republishes 25 of the plant profiles by many eminent gardeners, such as Beth Chatto on Fritillaries and Sedums, Brian Matthew on Cyclamen and Lilies, Jim Jermyn on Gentians and Primulas, and many more. Very well illustrated. 11 ¼ x 10 ¼ 2003 240 pages
 
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View larger image of '1001 Perennials'Austin, Claire -  1001 Perennials
A really useful A-Z encyclopaedia from a well known and regarded nurserywoman which illustrates, as it says on the cover, 1001 varieties of attractive, available and easy to grow perennials with a good colour photo, supplemented with brief descriptions. Not so large to be cumbersome, this is used by some nurserypeople to show customers what their potential purchases look like, even if it isn’t the exact same cultivar. 2000 10 ¾ x 8 ¼ 187 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
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View larger image of 'Starting Out with Native Plants'Bedoyere, Charlotte -  Starting Out with Native Plants
First considers how to best grow these plants before going through the main candidates, all well illustrated with colour photos. 2007 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 128 pages
 
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Bennett, Jennifer -  Dryland Gardening
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Bird -  Hardy Perennials
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Bloom, Adrian -  Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses
A very well known name in the horticulture world having followed in his father footsteps, this book gives the experience of his more than 50 years experience with perennials and grasses, and how he achieves his rivers of plants. Nearly 400 perennials are described, well illustrated with colour photos. 2010 10 ¼ x 8 ¼ 208 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Adrian Bloom's Year-Round Garden'Bloom, Adrian -  Adrian Bloom's Year-Round Garden
How to achieve year round interest in a garden is explained by one of Horticulture’s best known and expert nursery and plantsman, all well illustrated with many colour photos and plans. 1998 10 ¾ x 9 ¼ 287 pages
 
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Bonine, Paul -  Black plants
Black flowers have always fascinated growers, and this book has many whist not jet black are the closest we have got to it over the years, along with many plants with very dark foliage. Around 75 plants are described along weith cultivation and use advice, with a full page colouyr photo on the opposite page. 009 6 ¼ x 7 160 pages
 
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Brickell -  Garden Plants
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View larger image of 'Winter-Flowering Shrubs'Buffin, Michael -  Winter-Flowering Shrubs
How to extend the season of interest in the Garden is covered with the widest range of plants, written by an author with much experience in this area including the winter garden at the Hillier Arboretum. In spite of the title, stem, bark, plant form etc are also covered. 2005 10 ¼ x 7 ¼ 232 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden'Chatto -  Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden
The story of this well known plantperson’s experience of making a garden to withstand drought in the UK, well illustrated with colour photos. 192 pages 2000 10 x 8
 
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View larger image of 'Late Summer Flowers'Christopher & Wooster -  Late Summer Flowers
Written by a British nurserywoman who has specialised in late flowing perennials, or how to get extended or late flowering from those which otherwise wouldn’t flower at this time of year, this book both describes how to do it along with a wide selection of suggested plants to use. 2006 10 x 7 ¾ 208 pages
 
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Church, Glyn -  Trees and Shrubs for Flowers
104 genera are covered detailing 425 species and cultivars, all well illustrated with 250 colour photos, show the wide range of visual displays available. 2002 11 ½ x 9 ¼ 159 pages
 
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Church, Glyn -  Trees and Shrubs for Fragrance
95 genera are covered detailing 405 species, all well illustrated with 220 colour photos, making this a fascinating selection of scented woody plants. 2002 11 ½ x 9 ¼ 160 pages
 
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Clarke, Ethne -  The Garden in Autumn
An enthusiastic book about this time of year, not just leaves changing colour and berries but also flowers and grasses, all well illustrated with many colour photos. 1999 10 ½ x 9 ¼ 168 pages
 
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Conder, Susan -  Variegated Plants
After an introduction to their background and usage, the plants are then considered by type(perennials, grasses etc), all well illustrated with colour photos. 1994 Timber Press 9 ¾ x 10 191 pages
 
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Cooke -  Plantfinder's Guide to Tender Perennials
A definitive book on the subject written by a person well experienced in the types of plants (and a founder of the Half Hardy Group), and in addition to the A-Z of the plants around which it is arranged, there are also planting schemes for different locations and effects, as well as propagation and cultivation. 192 pages 1998 10 ½ x 7 ¾
 
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Cooke, Ian -  Grasses and Bamboos
A practical guide with the emphasis on using these plants with others to make a harmonious vista, and all the basics are covered as well. Well illustrated in colour and written by a well known UK horticulturalist and nurseryman. 2005 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 96 pages
 
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Dakers -  Greenhouse Plants in Colour
The illustrations are appealing, and the text quite informative. 128 pages including 32 pages of colour paintings of the plants. 1962 9 ½ x 6 ½
 
Cover: Hardback
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Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Dirr, Michael -  Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs - An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Written by a well known American Horticulture expert, this book is primarily a marvellously illustrated volume of a very wide range of plants, both familiar and the less usual and also gives the basic information on cultivation and uses. 1997 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 493 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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Dirr, Michael -  Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates - an illustrated encyclopedia
Written for USDA Zones 7 to 11 – so it just includes the warmer parts of the UK – this is a good book to provide both information – written in the knowledgeable authors personal style - and many illustrations of a large number of suggested plants. 2002 11 ¼ x 8 ½ 446 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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DiSabato-Aust, Tracy -  50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants
The author has already made a significant impact with her previous books on design and maintaining gardens, and here she profiles those plants which she rates as the most impressive to use in the garden, with many colour photos, some full page, supplemented by descriptions and why she rates them so highly. 2008 9 x 7 ½ 168 pages
 
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View larger image of 'The Well-Tended Perennial Garden - Expanded Edition'DiSabato-Aust, Tracy -  The Well-Tended Perennial Garden - Expanded Edition
Although the larger part of the book is an A-Z of the plants the author recommends, almost half is a “how to do it” guide, all well illustrated with colour photos. This is the expanded edition of this best selling title. 2006 10 ¾ x 7 ½ 383 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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DiSabato-Aust, Tracy -  The Well-Tended Perennial Garden
Although the larger part of the book is an A-Z of the plants the author recommends, almost half is a “how to do it” guide, all well illustrated with colour photos. The original edition of this best selling title. 1998 10 ¾ x 7 ½ 269 pages plus 64 pages of colour photos
 
Cover: Hardback
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Price: £(GBP)14.00
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View larger image of 'Garden Plants of the World (Cultivated Plants of the World in hardback)'Ellison -  Garden Plants of the World (Cultivated Plants of the World in hardback)
A sumptuously illustrated Australian produced book of trees, shrubs and climbers from across the world, with only a little text. 598 pages profusely illustrated with more than 3000 extremely well reproduced colour photos. 1995 11 ¼ x 9 ½
 
Cover: Softcover
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Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Fischer & Bloom -  Perennial Companions
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Cover: Softcover
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Garden club of America -  Plants that Merit Attention Vol 1 Trees
Describes 143 species, with a page of description plus a page of good colour photos, with an American slant. 1984 11 ¼ x 8 ¾
 
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Gardener's World -  Flower of the Moment
From the Gardener’s World team, this is a month by month guide to the best 100 flowers, each illustrated with a good size and quality colour photo along with plenty of information on each. 144 pages 2001 BBC 11 ¼ x 10 ¼
 
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View larger image of 'Herbs in Bloom'Gardner, Jo Ann -  Herbs in Bloom
This book tells the authors approach to getting the best of both worlds from herbs, both for their culinary value and decoration. Well illustrated with many colour photos, 80 herbs are covered with detail of use, propagation, history etc. 394 pages 6 ¼ x 9 ¼ Timber Press 1998
 
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View larger image of 'A Book of Blue Flowers'Geneve, Robert -  A Book of Blue Flowers
Blue is a less common hue in flowers, and this book considers not only what is blueness and how it is affected by environment etc, but also considers it uses in the garden and then goes through an A – Z of the plants giving much information on species, propagation etc. 327 pages 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ Timber Press 2000
 
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Gossler, Roger, Eric & Marjory -  The Gossler Guide to the Best Hardy Shrubs
More than 350 shrubs are recommended by this family run nursery, including both familiar and less so, well described and illustrated with good sized colour photos. 2009 9 ¼ x 7 ¼ 204 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Ornamental Foliage Plants for Your Garden'Greig, Denise -  Ornamental Foliage Plants for Your Garden
We can easily overlook the wonderful range of foliage available, and this book reminds us of what we can miss. Over 1500 plants are covered, with more than 700 illustrated with a good colour photo, arranged alphabetically, and covers all types from hardy through to conservatory. 2004 11 ¼ x 8 ½ 400 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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Grey-Wilson & Matthews -  Gardening with Climbers
After an introduction to the use of climber generally, the book then divides them into categories for descriptions and usage, all well illustrated with colour photos. 10 ¾ x 9 ¼ 160 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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Harper, Pamela -  Time-Tested Plants

 
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Heywood & Chant -  Popular Encyclopaedia of Plants
A more popular approach which nonetheless has a great deal of good information presented in an A – Z format of plant genera, common names and other plant topics. 368 pages with numerous colour illustrations. 1982 11 ¼ x 8 ½
 
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Hill, Lewis & Nancy -  Flower Gardener's Bible
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Hillier -  The Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs
Almost entirely an A - Z of details of species and cultivars, with brief other information such a lists of plants with certain characteristics. 576 pages plus 16 pages of photos. 8 ½ x 6
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , 4th edition 1977, Second hand book – please see important information
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Hinkley, Dan -  The Explorer's Garden
The author is one of those people who has become a bit of a legend in his own time, having been on many plant hunting expeditions around the world. He puts forward a wide range of plants which either he has seen in habitat or others have brought to him which he believes are worthwhile, with descriptions, uses and propagation. Many colour photos. 1999 10 ¼ x 7 ¼ 380 pages
 
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Hoblyn & O'Hara -  Green Flowers
A wide range of flowers from the subtlest of hues to quite vibrant are illustrated with a full page colour photos, with descriptions, cultivation and suggested uses on the opposite page. 2009 9 ¼ x 7 ¼ 183 pages
 
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Hohn -  Curiosities of the Plant Kingdom
Another fascinating tour around the plant kingdom, with 196 good photos, with about 25% in colour. 212 pages 1980 11 ¾ x 9 ½
 
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Hudak, Joseph -  Gardening with Perennials Month by Month
The second revised and expanded edition of this book takes a month by month approach from March through to September to the plants he recommends. The author is a well known US landscape architect and horticulturist. 10 ½ x 7 ½ Timber Press 1993 327 pages plus 108 pages of colour photos.
 
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Huxley et al eds -  The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening
The monumental comprehensive work with detailed descriptions of a vast number of plants along with cultivation and distribution etc and biographical noted of many personalities in the history of horticulture , illustrated with some sketches. 1992 11 x 8 ¾ 4 volumes 815,747,790 and 888 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Ramblers, Scramblers and Twiners'Jefferson-Brown -  Ramblers, Scramblers and Twiners
In addition to covering a wide range of plants in these categories, he also covers the practical aspects of growing these plants. 256 pages 1999 11 ¼ x 8 ¾
 
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View larger image of 'Hardy Herbaceous Perennials'Jelitto & Schacht -  Hardy Herbaceous Perennials
The two volume third edition English translation from THE name in hardy plant development and promotion. Well illustrated with 690 colour photos and 352 B&W, more than 800 genera are covered describing 4,200 species and 3.600 cultivars. Wonderful books, and each volume of a weight to make their use comfortable! 721 pages 1990 11 ¼ x 8 ¾
 
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Jones & Foote -  Gardening with Native Wild Flowers
Covers using native plants from Eastern to Mid-Western USA, many of which are much in fashion these days such as trilliums. Well illustrated with colour photos and providing both cultivation and plant details. 9 x 6 1990 Timber Press 195 pages plus 48 pages of colour photos
 
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View larger image of 'Best Flowers to Grow and Cut'Joyce, David -  Best Flowers to Grow and Cut
250 good colour photos take us through this personal selection of plants by a well know plantsman. 2004 10 ¾ x 9 ¼ 176 pages
 
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Kelly -  The National Plant Collection
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Kingsbury & Whitworth -  Seedheads in the Garden
We have all probably appreciated seedheads on plants in the past, but maybe we haven’t given their attractive appearance serious consideration for extending both the season of interest and the breadth of images. This well known UK author takes us through what is available and possible, well illustrated with many good colour photos, many large format. 2006 10 ¾ x 9 ¼ 144 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Plant Personalities'Klein, Carol -  Plant Personalities
What else would you expect from the author other than plants that stand out! And they are arranged by such categories as “Bread and butter”, “Seductive sophisticates” etc and all well illustrated. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! 2004 10 ½ x 8 176 pages
 
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Lancaster -  Garden Plants for Connoiseurs
Few in the horticulture world have had such a wide ranging career, both in the trade in the UK and visits to find plants in little explored habitats, so who better than the author to recommend what he see as the exceptional plants available today? Covers all types of plants with helpful and interesting information and colour photos. 1987. 10 ½ x 7 ¾ 192 pages
 
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Lane -  Cottage Garden Favourites
A guide to growing annuals to give the cottage garden feel, with a general introduction followed by an A-Z of the suitable plants, written by a founder member of the Cottage Garden Society. 160 pages 1997 10 ¼ x 7 ½
 
Cover: Softcover
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Latymer, Hugo -  The Mediterranean Gardener
Combines design, practical considerations and suitable plants for those who have hot dry summers and mild winters – maybe the UK of the future? All well illustrated. 10 ¼ x 7 ½ 1990 Frances Lincoln 160 pages
 
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Lawson, Andrew -  Plants for all Seasons
All the plants featured have an extended period of interest by one means or another, and are well described and illustrated by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic writer and photographer. 8 ¾ x 8 ¾ 1992 Frances Lincoln 168 pages
 
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Lawton, Barbara Perry -  Mints - A Family of Herbs and Ornamentals
It can be surprising to think what is in the mint family – Lavender, Salvias, Rosemary and Thyme may immediately come to mind - but there is a much wider range of plants suitable for the garden that are covered here. The usual good mixture of history, cultivation and an A-Z of the most garden worthy genera and species. 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 2002 Timber Press 239 pages plus 32 pages of colour photos
 
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View larger image of 'Christopher Lloyd's Garden Flowers'Lloyd -  Christopher Lloyd's Garden Flowers
The distillation of this renowned writers plant experiences, presented in an A-Z format, and well illustrated with 69 pages of colour photos. 10 x 7 ½ 2000 384 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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View larger image of 'Gardening Year'Lloyd, Christopher -  Gardening Year
A stroll through the garden calendar with this most respected of garden writers, well illustrated with colour photos of his garden. 9 ½ x 7 ½ 1999 Frances Lincoln 224 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Colour for Adventurous Gardeners'Lloyd, Christopher -  Colour for Adventurous Gardeners
In this book this veteran popular writer encourages us to look at the use of colour in the garden in different ways, and not to just follow the old rules. Very well illustrated with colour photos. 11 x 8 2001 192 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £20), New
Price: £(GBP)16.00
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Lloyd, Christopher -  Foliage Plants
The book from this renowned master looks at the different plants that can be used, and the ways to use them, well illustrated with B&W and colour photos. 1973 8 ¾ x 5 ½ 224 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Compact softcover edition,  (RRP £12.99), New
Price: £(GBP)9.50
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Lotschert & Beese -  Collins Photo Guide: Tropical plants
325 species are covered with quite a good description for the size of the book, and 274 colour photos. 7 ¾ x 5 256 pages 1983
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: , , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Lys de Bray -  Borders
Illustrated with 10 full page reproductions of her paintings plus many colour photos, this is an interesting and useful guide, with A-Z and time of year presentation. 10 ¼ x 8 1987 176 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £14.95), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Mackenzie, David -  Timber Press Pocket Guide to Ground Covers
Describes over 100 plants with 320 colour photos, this is a useful compact guide to suitable plants, written by a nurseryman. 2006 8 ½ x 6 240 pages
 
Cover: Plastic
Comments: Slight wear to dust jacket (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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MacKenzie, David -  Perennial Ground Covers
Some ground cover plants have become over familiar from their widespread use whilst many others have been overlooked. This book from a nurseryman who specialises in them gives good guidance on the types of plants which could be used and the various ways, and follows up with an A-Z of his recommended plants. 1997. 11 x 8 ½ 379 pages plus 72 pages of colour photos.
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: ,  (RRP £22.5), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Slight wear to cover (RRP £22.5), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Mak, Harry -  Photo Album of Air and Carnivorous Plants in Colour including Orchids and other ornamental plants
32 pages of colour photos of Bromeliads, 28 of Carnivorous, 30 of Orchids plus 80 of various other plants, 4 to a page Chinese with English plant names. 10 ¼ x 7 ¼ 248 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Martin, Tovah -  Heirloom Flowers
Gives the background to the old varieties that have been grown, and gives details of over 100 of them, well illustrated with colour photos. 1999 9 ¾ x 7 ½ 192 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)7.00
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Maughan -  RHS Good Plant Guide
A (very large!) pocket style guide recommending some 3000 plants, with 1500 of them illustrated which have received the RHS Award of Garden Merit. 672 pages 5 ½ x 4 ¼ 2004 Dorling Kindersley
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £9.99), New
Price: £(GBP)6.50
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Moggi & Guignolini -  MacDonald Encyclopaedia of Flowers for Balcony & Garden
Mainly a colour plant dictionary, with 369 plants illustrated by colour photos along with descriptions. 511 pages 1982 7 ½ x 4
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)6.50
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Nicholson & Wallis -  Illustrated (Oxford) Book of Garden Flowers
Numerous colour plates, along with helpful descriptive information. 206 pages 1979 9 ¾ x 7
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)7.50
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Nicholson & Wallis etc -  (Oxford) Illustrated Book of Food Plants
Numerous colour plates, along with fascinating descriptive information on both the familiar and the not so. Ever wanted to know where nutmeg came from, or wormwood then this will tell you. 206 pages 1969 9 ¾ x 7
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Very good condition for its age, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)12.00
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Nijhuis -  1001 Container Plants
This is primarily a picture book illustrating with colour photos plants suitable for containers in the house, patio or conservatory. Brief cultivation information. 143 pages. 2001 12 x 8 ½
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments:  (RRP £17.99), New
Price: £(GBP)9.00
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Perry -  MacDonald Encyclopaedia of Plants & Flowers
Mainly a colour plant dictionary, with 522 plants illustrated by colour photos along with descriptions. 537 pages 1971 7 ½ x 4
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)6.00
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View larger image of 'The Botanical Garden'Phillips & Rix -  The Botanical Garden
Vol 1 Trees and Shrubs 491 pages Vol 2 Perennials and Annuals. Just when you thought these two renowned plant book authors couldn't produce another book, let alone a better one, than they go and do it! Using the latest theories incorporating DNA analyses to classify the relationships between plants, they have covered the range of cultivated plants by family, trying to give us a better understanding. Even if you don't want to be bothered with such details, the books are a sumptuous browse, with wonderfully attractive illustrations. In case you haven't got the message, I think these are a magnificent two volumes! 539 pages. 2002 2 volumes 11 ¼ x 9
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)30.00
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Phillips and Rix -  Perennials vol 1 & 2
The well known volumes, superbly illustrated and with plenty of information based on knowledge. 1991 11 ½ x 8 ½ 492 pages total
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: For the two volumes, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)14.00
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Pienaar -  The South African "What Flower is That?"
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Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
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Price: £(GBP)20.00
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Reader's Digest -  New Gardening Year
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: ,  (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)12.00
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RHS -  Dictionary of Gardening
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: 5 volumes including supplement, No dust jacket, and moderately worn, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)30.00
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View larger image of 'RHS A-Z Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants - Two volume edition in a slip case'RHS -  RHS A-Z Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants - Two volume edition in a slip case
The well known comprehensive guide to garden plants, and now helpfully in two volume format in a slip case, which actually makes it practical to use. A super Christmas Present for someone you would like to encourage in to the plant world with many colour photos and good cultivation, propagation and descriptive information. 1996 11 ½ x 9 1080 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: 2003 revised edition with 1128 pages,  (RRP £55), New
Price: £(GBP)35.00
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RHS -  Plants for Places
A highly illustrated pocket sized book which concisely gives an overview of each type of location and then gives numerous suggested plants for it with brief description and colour photo - 1000 plants in all. 2001 5 ¼ x 4 ¼ 576 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £9.99), New
Price: £(GBP)7.00
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Rice -  Annuals and Bedding Plants
After introductory chapters on growing the plants, the majority of the book is an A - Z of species suitable for growing in this way. 272 pages plus 8 pages of colour photos. 1986 9 ½ x 6 ¼
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)6.50
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Rice -  Hardy Perennials
An authorative account of these plants from an accomplished plantsman. 198 pages plus 24 pages of colour photos. 1995 Timber Press 9 ¾ x 7 ¼
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight wear to cover (RRP £10), New
Price: £(GBP)8.00
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Price: £(GBP)12.00
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Rice -  Discovering Annuals
A personal selection of these plants by this well known writer, well illustrated with colour photos. 192 pages 1999 10 ¼ x 10 ¼
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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Rice, Graham -  Powerhouse Plants
The well known author highlights the plants which he thinks have multi season appeal, illustrated with many colour photos, many large format, along with the features which qualify them and much useful information about them. 2013 9 x 7 ½ 282 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: ,  (RRP £16.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Rix & Phillips -  Perennials
A combined edition of their work originally published in two volumes. 476 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Robinson -  Hardy Flowers
One of his less commonly encountered books which describes over 1300 species. Fourth edition - ?date between 1883 and 1900 7 ¼ x 4 ¾ 341 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Very slight foxing to a few pages, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)17.50
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View larger image of 'Garden Guides'Rosenfeld, Richard -  Garden Guides
A series of books which are primarily well illustrated colour photo guides, as Dorling Kindersley always do so well, which provide concise information on the selected plants and exceptional value. 2003 /4 6 ½ x 5 ¼ 320 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Annuals & Biennials,  (RRP £6.99), New
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Garden trees,  (RRP £6.99), New
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Perennials,  (RRP £6.99), New
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Shrubs & Climbers,  (RRP £6.99), New
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Schmid, George -  An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials
Shade is something which many of us believe to be a difficult environment in the garden, no doubt due to our limited familiarity with it. There are many types of shady areas, and many types of plants which will do well in each of them. This book considers each type and its implications, and gives details of 1700 species and cultivars from 184 genera which are suitable for them. Written by someone who has devoted much of his life to this aspect of gardens. 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 374 pages plus 116 pages of colour photos
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £35), New
Price: £(GBP)22.50
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View larger image of 'Architectural Plants'Shaw, Christine -  Architectural Plants
Covers the widest range of plants which provide a focal point, or a strong shape or feature. In addition to the architectural quality, the book provides planting and cultivation requirements, and suggestions as to how to get the best effect. Around 250 individual species are covered, from bamboos and grasses through palms and spiky or succulent plants, to trees and climbers, and each is given a page of description with one or more colour photos. Based on her own experience running a nursery growing these plants. 2005 10 x 7 ¾ 352 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Smith -  Geoffrey Smith's World of Flowers
The book to accompany the BBC series by Geoffrey Smith, with 20 chapters on selected plant types, following their introduction and development in cultivation. A very enjoyable read. 255 pages with numerous colour photos. 1984 11 x 8
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)7.50
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Smith, W Gary -  From Art to Landscape
A novel approach to garden design well illustrated with many colour photos. 2010 10 ¼ x 8 ¾ 300 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Speichert -  Timber Press Pocket Guide to Water Garden Plants
Concise information on 450 plants which the authors have selected with descriptions and uses, with over 300 colour photos, make this a very useful book. 2008 8 ½ x 6 210 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: ,  (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Spence, Ian -  Garden Plants and Flowers
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Cover: Hardback
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Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Stuart, David -  Gardening with Antique Plants
A beautifully produced book covering many of the older varieties that can still be beneficially used in modern day gardens, with very good colour photos. 1997 11 x 9 ½ 160 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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View larger image of 'The Plantfinder's Guide to Daisies'Sutton, John -  The Plantfinder's Guide to Daisies
Another comprehensive book in this series, which covers an enormous range of plants in the compositae family, such as Senecios, Thistles, Everlasting Flowers and a whole host more, both the expected and the unexpected. Well illustrated as would be expected in this series. 10 ¾ x 8 2001 David & Charles 192 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £22.5), New
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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Taylor, Jane -  Special Plants
The personal selection from this well known author, categorised by habit, and all very well illustrated. 9 ¾ x 10 ¼ 1998 224 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Very slight wear to dust jacket (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Taylor, Jane -  Plants for Dry Gardens
Sub titled “Beating the draught”, although recent years haven’t been as dry the droughts may well return, and some of us garden in dry soils or parts of the country, so it is still very relevant. Organised by type of plant, and well illustrated in colour. 10 ¼ x 7 ½ 1993 Frances Lincoln 192 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £18.99), New
Price: £(GBP)14.00
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Thomas, Graham Stuart -  Treasured Perennials
Over 200 plants are covered in this book by a popular author, well illustrated with colour photographs. 169 pages 1999 10 ¼ x 7 ¾
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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View larger image of 'The Garden through the Year'Thomas, Graham Stuart -  The Garden through the Year
Written in his 90’s this is one of the last books this most accomplished of Gardeners and Authors, and is a distillation of his knowledge and experience gained over a lifetime. Well written and illustrated with many colour photos 11 ¼ x 9 ¼ 2002 302 pages.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £29.99), New
Price: £(GBP)22.50
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Turner, Roger -  Tall Perennials
Want to make more impact with your herbaceous plants? Then this book will provide you with many ideas on what to grow and how to use it. Designing suggestions and cultivation advice are given before describing many plants by type and time of flowering, with many colour photos. 2009 9 ¼ x 7 ¼ 260 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Slight wear/tear to the dust jacket (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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View larger image of 'Hillier Gardener's Guides'Various -  Hillier Gardener's Guides
A series of attractively produced books, with sound information from some notable authors and plenty of good photos. 9 ¾ x 8
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Plants for Small Spaces by Clive Lane - 192 pages 2005,  (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Climbers & Wall Plants by Philippa Bensley - 160 pages 2006,  (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: The Winter Garden by Jane Sterndale-Bennett - 160 pages 2006,  (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Shrubs by Andrew McIndoe - 192 pages 2005,  (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Planting for Colour by Susan Chivers - 192 pages 2005,  (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Herbaceous Perennials by Andrew McIndoe & Kevin Hobbs - 192 pages 2005,  (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Wharton, Hine & Justice -  The Jade Garden - New & notable plants from Asia
Written by three staff members of the British Columbia Botanic Garden staff, this is based on the extensive plant exploration by one of them and the experience of growing these plants in the gardens. Divided up in to perennial, shrubs and trees sections, each written by on author, it details a wide range of lesser known but garden worthy plants from this plant rich area of the world, well illustrated with 218 colour photos. Each author 2005 9 ¼ x 7 ¼ 228 pages plus 36 pages of colour photos.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)17.50
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View larger image of 'Shade - planting solutions for shady gardens'Wiley, Keith -  Shade - planting solutions for shady gardens
From the author of “on the Wild Side” comes this book on how he tackles what many people see as a potentially difficult area of the garden. The author starts by considering the various garden locations which can be shady, then how plants cope with shade in nature, before suggesting ways of creating shaded areas for some of the more desirable plants that need it through a directory of recommended plants. Very well illustrated with many colour photos. 2006 11 ¼ x 9 176 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight wear to cover, and remainder mark., New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)18.50
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