My 9 Most Useful and Inspiring Garden Books

Nov 2022

If you’re after a little horticultural inspiration, guidance, or perhaps just a beautiful gift idea, then look no further. Here are the 10 books that I love most when it comes to planning, dreaming about and developing my garden and my gardening.

My 10 Most Useful and Inspiring Garden Books article

Veg In One Bed | Huw Richards

Using just one raised bed, Huw explains how to grow vegetables, organically, abundantly and inexpensively so you have something to harvest every month of the year, even in the smallest spaces.


RHS Step-by-step Veg Patch | Lucy Chamberlain

Ideal for beginners, this book will help you learn how to grow, nurture, and harvest more than 50 types of fruits and vegetables. The bright photos, step-by-step illustrations, and foolproof advice will get you growing in no time.


No Dig Gardening: From Weeds to Vegetables Quickly and Easily | Charles Dowding

From the master of No Dig and soil health himself this comprehensive book has 19 chapters, covering all the important methods and wonderful results of a no dig approach to gardening (with over 900 photos!). Highly recommended, especially if you’re short for time but still want a productive garden.


The Thoughtful Gardener | Jinny Blom

A truly beautiful book, packed with the most inspiring photography, while also being extremely practical and informative. It feels like a behind-the-scenes insight into the creative process Jinny has developed while designing more than 250 spectacular gardens around the world.


The Land Gardener’s Cut Flowers | Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld

A truly spectacular book, and a brilliant gift for any garden lover, this is the story of The Land Gardeners; creators of productive gardens and stunning cut flowers. Alongside key information on how to optimise soil health (and therefore productivity), it’s their stunningly illustrated lists of favourite cut flower varieties, from tulips to peonies, annuals to shrubs, that I keep coming back to time and again.


Grow and Gather | Grace Alexander

A gentle book, as good to read by the fire with a cup of tea as to use as a reference for growing, Grow and Gather follows the annual cycle of growing cut flowers, from sowing in spring to seed-collecting in autumn, with plenty of simple projects, tips and hints shared along the way. It feels both cosy and achievable.


Cut Flower Garden | Erin Benzakein

From Erin Benzakein, owner of the renowned Floret Flower Farm, this beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging blooms year-round shares all sorts of tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and then using the flowers to create seasonal arrangements (complete with handy step-by-step instructions).


A Year Full of Flowers: Gardening for all seasons | Sarah Raven

Tracing the year from January to December at her beautiful home, Perch Hill, Sarah shares the hundreds of hardworking varieties that make her garden sing each month in this book, together with the practical tasks that ensure everything is planted, staked and pruned at just the right time.


The Wild Journal | Willow Crossley

A beautifully illustrated guide from florist Willow Crossley, guiding you through various lovely creative projects and therapeutic seasonal reflections. It truly celebrates the potential of nature to mend, heal and transform our mood. Another lovely gift.


If you’re more of a visual person, then do take a look at this gorgeous and utterly inspirational video course, A Year of Cut Flowers, from The Land Gardeners.

Huw Richards’ YouTube channel is also excellent!

Charles Dowding is another prolific and brilliant YouTuber 


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