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23/11/2021

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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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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Bennett, Jennifer -  Dryland Gardening
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Very slight wear to cover (RRP £16.95), New
Price: £(GBP)12.00
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Very slight wear to dust cover (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight wear to cover,  (RRP £14.95), New
Price: £(GBP)9.00
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Cohen & Benner -  The Nonstop Garden
Lots of suggestions of what to grow to get year round interest in your garden well illustrated with colour photos. 248 pages 2010
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight wear to the cover (RRP £14.99), New
Price: £(GBP)9.00
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £17.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £20), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Wear to the dust jacket (RRP £12.99), New
Price: £(GBP)8.00
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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
Comments: , Slight bump and catch to dust wrapper (RRP £52.5), New
Price: £(GBP)30.00
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Very slight wear to dust jacket (RRP £52.5), New
Price: £(GBP)35.00
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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
Comments: ,  (RRP £52.5), New
Price: £(GBP)35.00
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Fischer & Bloom -  Perennial Companions
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: ,  (RRP £7.99), New
Price: £(GBP)6.50
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £18.99), New
Price: £(GBP)9.50
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Slight bump (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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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
Comments:  (RRP £19.99), New
Price: £(GBP)14.00
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Slight wear to the dust jacket (RRP £16.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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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.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £45), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £90), New
Price: £(GBP)50.00
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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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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: , Slight wear to cover (RRP £22.5), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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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:  (RRP £12.5), New
Price: £(GBP)7.00
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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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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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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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Spence, Ian -  Garden Plants and Flowers
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
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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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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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 to dust jacket (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)13.50
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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: The Winter Garden by Jane Sterndale-Bennett - 160 pages 2006,  (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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