My garden understanding has been an area I’ve been developing since moving to Hilton and being in such a stunning one. Mum and I have chosen sections to overhaul, and, now looking to complement the plants we have with others, this book seemed the ideal one to guide us on the journey. However, it is more of an overview than I anticipated. I was particularly looking for the combinations of plants and whilst this book covers it lightly, it doesn’t share a huge range of plants or any unusual pairings.

It does work through the basics of gardening, layout and care with lots of photos and illustrations, hints and tips and step-by-step explanations. A bit of a mismatch for my objective but an interesting read and if you are just setting out, a goodie! It’s a four out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale for me!

From the back cover:

Packed with practical advice from leading cultivation specialists, this concise, easy-to-use book covers virtually every aspect of garden design and maintenance—from choosing a plot to selecting plants, maximizing space, and building raised beds. 

Plant Combinations for an Abundant Garden shows how to create productive gardens by selecting the perfect plant combinations. A comprehensive plant directory provides handy information on summer-flowering annuals, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, small trees, climbers, water plants, bamboos, culinary herbs, fruits and vegetables. 

Practical advice and step-by-step instructions are included for building up layers of soil with mushroom compost, covering weeds with mulch, protecting plants with nets and plastic and much more.

With more than 300 gorgeous color photographs, illustrations and diagrams, this book is a must for busy gardeners everywhere!

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Fox Chapel Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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