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Contents

 

INTRODUCTION

How to use this book 
Planning your garden 
Planting and maintenance 
Perfect plantings and wildlife 
A note on the pictures 
A note on the plant names

THE FRONT GARDEN

Introduction
1 Lighting up a shaded garden 
2 Cottage abundance for a shady bed 
3 Warm colours for a warm corner 
4 Cool harmonies in white and pink

PATIOS AND COURTYARDS

5 Green serenity in a walled garden 
6 Leafy elegance for damp shade 
7 Colour all season with rustic simplicity 
8 High-speed planting for a sheltered corner 
9 Luxuriant, golden harmony in shade 
10 Refined formality in soft yellows 1
1 Exotica for high summer

COUNTRY MIXES

12 A rustic abundance with self-sown plants 
13 Close harmonies for light shade 
14 Sophisticated tangle in a formal layout 
15 Country charm in a 'hedgerow' border 
16 Roses and pinks for summer fragrance 
17 Smart leaves for damp and shade 
18 Relaxed informality with old roses in light shade

CONTAINER GARDENS

19 Two contrasting plants for a small pot 
20 Building big effects with tiny units 
21 Simple grandeur for a large container 
22 Topiary fun

HERBACEOUS BORDERS

23 Colourful extravagance at Powys Castle 
24 Cottage-garden lushness with simple flowers 
25 Small-scale magic for a warm corner 
26 Dense planting in cool colours 
27 Simplicity and plenty for full sun 
28 An old-fashioned border in the grand manner 
29 Green flowers and strong foliage for shade 
30 High summer contrasts for glamorous effects

WOODLAND GARDENS

31 A flowery meadow in an orchard 
32 A tapestry of foliage by a shaded path

POOLS AND PONDS

33 Wild waterside elegance under trees 
34 Lush bog plants for a tiny garden 
35 Rustic sophistication by a farmhouse duckpond 
36 A luscious arrangement round a small pond

PARTERRES

37 Grand designs and simple plantings achieve perfection 
38 Fragrant enchantment in the grand manner 
39 Stone and evergreens make a garden for all seasons

SLOPES, STEPS AND WALLS

40 Elegant simplicity for a wall or fence 
41 Architectural greenery for grand effects 
42 Romantic charm for shady steps 
43 Luxuriant sophistication for a steep bank 
44 Climbers, knitted together, make a pretty picture 
45 Potfuls of colour at the base of a wall shrub

POTAGER AND HERB GARDEN

46 How to make the vegetable patch come alive 
47 A tunnel of vegetables and flowers 
48 A romantic and informal herb garden 
19 Roses, cabbages, lavender and leeks; formal delights 
50 Flowers and herbs for a shady courtyard
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