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Title
Author
Publisher
Year
ISBN Number
Paperback/Hardback
Comments
Price (LP = List Price, AP = Amazon Price)


The Smaller Bulbs
Brian Mathew
Batsford
1987
0713449225
Hardcover

Synopsis
This is an A-Z format book which deals with genera and species of smaller bulbs. Detailed information is supplied on habitat and distribution, as well as a brief taxonomic description of the distinguishing features of each plant. Cultivation notes are given in the introduction to each genus - or under particular species which require specialized treatment. The author has also kept in mind the differing needs of growers in diverse climates or hemispheres. The book covers such popular hardy bulbs as tulipa, corydalis, crocus and fritillaria and the author has incorporated changes in nomenclature that have affected these bulbs. A list of bulb suppliers is included, as well as a list of further reading and diagrammatic keys to the more complex genera. Brian Mathew is also the author of "The Crocus", "The Iris" and "The Bulbous Plants of Turkey" (with Turhan Baytop)

LP AP £19.99


Primulas of Europe and America
Smith,Burrow & Lowe
Alpine Garden Society
1984
0900048417

No further info on Amazon


Flora Britannica
Richard Mabey
Sinclair Stevenson
1996
1856193772
Hardback

Synopsis
Covering the native and naturalized wild plants of England, Scotland and Wales, this reference guide to plants and flowers contains over 500 colour images.

LP £30.00 AP £24.00


Flowering Plants of the World
V H heywood (ed)
Batsford
1993
071347422X
Paperback

Synopsis
This gardening book examines more than 300 flowering plant families, and includes a superb series of accurate, specially commissioned photographs. It covers all the dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous families of the world, which are introduced by general notes, classification and a lengthy glossary, individual entries are by family with notes on distribution, diagnostic features, classification and economic uses.

LP £19.99 AP £15.99


Perennial garden Plants
Graham Stuart Thomas
Timber Press
1990
088192167X

Interesting selection of plants and very readable.
Reviews
The publisher, Timber Press (www.timber-press.com) , 1 July, 1997
Graham Stuart Thomas is widely acknowledged to be the greatest living British horiculturist. This book is his classic examination of more than 2,000 perennials, with chapters on their history and on the rise and fall of the herbaceous border.

LP AP £24.19


The Encyclopaedia of Cacti
Gullman, Gotz and Groner
0 906670 37 3
Out of print



Weeds
Roger Phillips
Elm Tree Books

0 241 11755 0

Not found on Amazon


Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles Vol 1: A-C
W. J. Bean, D. L. Clarke, Sir George Taylor
John Murray
1970
0719517907
Hardcover

LP £70.00 AP £56.00

No further info on Amazon


Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles Vol 2: D-M
W. J. Bean, D. L. Clarke, Sir George Taylor
John Murray
1973
0719522560
Hardcover
LP £70.00 AP £56.00

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Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles Vol 3: N-Rh
W. J. Bean, D. L. Clarke, Sir George Taylor
John Murray
1976
071952427X
Hardcover

LP £70.00 AP £56.00
No further info on Amazon


Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles Vol 4: Ri-Z
W. J. Bean, D. L. Clarke, Sir George Taylor
John Murray
1980
0719524288
Hardcover

LP AP £70.00
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Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles: Supplement
W.J. Bean, Desmond Clarke
John Murray
1988
0719544432
Hardcover

LP £60.00 AP £48.00
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Collins Field Guide: Trees of Britain and Northern Europe
Alan Mitchell, P. Dahlstrom, E. Sunesen, C. Darter
HarperCollins
1978
0002192136
Hardcover

If you just love trees and want to try and identify them, this book is for you. By 'Mr Trees' Alan Mitchell, he is opinionated, sometimes
controversial, but his love of trees shines through. The keys are easy to follow for people with minimal knowledge of botanical naming.

LP £19.99 AP £15.99


Vegetables
Roger Phillips, Martin Rix
Macmillan
1995
0333626400
Paperback

Synopsis
This guide book covers vegetables that can be cultivated in a temperate climate, from the familiar carrot and spinach to the exotic jicama and sacred lotus. Included are cooking tips, the history, development, characteristics, and cultivation of each species, and pests and diseases.

LP £14.99 AP £11.99


Growing unusual fruit
Alan F Simmons
David and Charles
1972
0 7153 5531 7

Mangoes, oranges, Avocados etc

No further info on Amazon


The English Apple
Roseanne Sanders
Phaidon

0 7148 2498 4

Detailed description of over 100 varieties of apple - appearance of
tree, flowers and fruit, taste and uses of fruit, history and
parentage.

No further info on Amazon


Passion flowers
John Vanderplank
Ward Lock
1996
0304342165
Paperback

Synopsis
There are over 300 species of passion flower showing a wide variation of colour, size and form, from the green and blue passion flower of Britain, to the yellow passion flower of Australia and the many American species. This book gives details of propagation and cultivation, pests and diseases for plants grown in the house, conservatory or outdoors in temperate regions and tropics

LP £40.00 AP £32.00


Trouble- free Clematis - The Viticellas
John Howells
Garden Art press
1998
1 870673 24 7

Despite its title, the book divides all Clematis into twelve groups:

  • Evergreen
  • Alpina
  • Macropatela
  • Montana
  • Rockery
  • Early large Flowered
  • Late Large Flowered
  • Herbaceous
  • Viticella
  • Texensis
  • Orientalis
  • Late Mixed

Each group is described and examples given, before the book concentrates on the Viticellas (the publishers tell me Howells is working on a book on the other groups), which are described in awesome detail – their history, botanical features, cultivation and so on, with each type being given a page to itself, with four or five colour photographs showing the flower, leaf, whole plant and so on. Many more plates contrast similar types, in close up, or show the use of contrasting types to grow through each other for decorative effect. The final chapter lists lost types, referred to in old catalogues.The case for growing Viticellas in the garden is also, as one would expect, well put. I'm left wondering just how I'm going to fit all those now on my wish- list, into my small patch.

Not found on Amazon


The Woodland Garden
Jack Elliott
Alpine Garden Society

0-900048-68-9

This was started for rock gardeners with shade but turned into an excellent
book on all kinds of plants for all kinds of shade. Brilliant

Not found on Amazon. May be available from the Alpine Garden Society


Primulas, The Complete Guide
Mary A Robinson
Crowood Press

1 85223 811 9

A must for Primula freaks whether it be Candelabras for your bog or tiny gems for the Alpine House.

Not found on Amazon


Flowering Plants of the World
V H Heywood
Batsford
1993
071347422X
Paperback

Synopsis
This gardening book examines more than 300 flowering plant families, and includes a superb series of accurate, specially commissioned photographs. It covers all the dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous families of the world, which are introduced by general notes, classification and a lengthy glossary, individual entries are by family with notes on distribution, diagnostic features, classification and economic uses.

LP £19.99 AP £15.99


Botanica's roses
David Austin
Welcome Rain Publishers
1999
1566491762
Hardback

400 pictures of roses plus a free cd rom disc of everything in the book. Not for the weak and feeble. It is a very large and heavy book.

LP £37.69 AP £33.92


RHS A-Z Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants
Christopher Brickell
Dorling Kindersley
1996
0751303038
Hardback

Synopsis
The 15000 plants featured in this encyclopedia have been selected by consultants from the UK, North America and Europe. They include not only tried and tested garden favourites, but also a selection of unusual species and cultivars. The plants are arranged alphabetically by botanical name. Common names are cross-referenced throughout, enabling plants to be found easily, even if the botanical name is unfamiliar. Synonyms are similarly cross-referenced. The introduction describes and explains the A-Z section, including detailed features on the plant kingdom, plant nomenclature, types and shapes. Basic concepts of hardiness, cultivation and propagation are set out in straightforward language. The A-Z section consists of individual descriptions of 15000 plants. Plants are arranged alphabetically by botanical name, with an introduction for each genus, as well as background data on the botanical family, geographical origin, native habitat, the range of plants within the genus and any unusual qualities. Symbols show the basic shape of all trees featured, while more detailed illustrations help to explain the range of flower shapes, leaf types and habitats within a particular group.

LP £55.00 AP £44.00


The Popular Encyclopedia of Gardening
H.H.Thomas & Gordon Forsyth
The Waverley Book Company

1088 pages in 3 hardback volumes. Illus.

A complete alphabetical guide to every branch of plants and gardening.
Fully detailed, illustrated alphabetical (cross-referenced) information about plants and all aspects of their management. A reliable and indispensable companion for gardeners, horticulturists and botanists.


Foliage In Your Garden
John Kelly
Windward
1988


0-7112-0506-x

Not found on Amazon


Climbing Plants
Jane Taylor
0-600-30754-9
Not found on Amazon


The Dry Garden
Beth Chatto
Orion Paperbacks
1998
075281642X
Paperback

Synopsis
As our climate is changing to result in increasingly hot summers and dry winters, gardeners need guidance on plants that will thrive in dry conditions. This book provides readers with information on types of soil and the various principles of the design and management of dry gardens, including a detailed list of plants, with notes on their characteristics and advice on how to grow them.

LP £7.99 AP £6.39


Sanders' Encyclopaedia of Gardening
A.G.L.Hellyer
Hamlyn
1981
0 600 44110 5

A comprehensive non-illustrated alphabetical (cross-referenced)
catalogue of common and rare garden plants aimed at the UK grower.
Includes: Popular and Latin names with genus; Culture; Propagation;
Species cultivated, Date of introduction etc.

Not found on Amazon


Grow Your Own Fruit and Vegetables
Lawrence D.Hills
Faber and Faber
1979
0 571 11366 4

Though now somewhat dated, this revealing insight into practical food
growing is a must for every gardener's bookshelf. Hill's first sentence
goes: "This book is written for those who wish to grow their own fruit and vegetables without chemical fertilisers, to ensure the finest flavour, and without persistent pesticides..." This work laid the foundations for today's organic growing and richly justifies the place it and its author have earned in horticultural history.

Not found on Amazon


The Herb Book
John Lust
Cox & Wyman Ltd
1983
0 553 17273 5

The Herb Book has been called the natural remedy bible. It is full of
case histories; herbal formulas; full but concise descriptions of herbs, their properties, history and uses, mostly with illustrations.
John Lust holds a degree in Botanical Medicine and he uses this book to outline how that science can bring herbal lore into everyday lives.

Not found on Amazon


Gardening in Colour
Frances Perry
Hamlyn

0 600 01601 3

In this comprehensive and informative volume, Frances Perry has concentrated mainly on floral and ornamental aspects of gardening, but includes sections on fruit and vegetable growing. Ms. Perry says "I hope that by reading this book its readers will continue to enjoy the peace and pleasure which flowers and gardens so amply provide.

Not found on Amazon


Colour All the Year Round
Roy Genders
Robert Hale Ltd

Though first published in 1961, this 'Golden Oldie' of gardening books remains a stimulating and educational read for all gardeners. Roy Genders spares no effort in explaining every aspect of flower and
general recreational gardening in a way that learners and experienced
practitioners can benefit from time and again.

Not found on Amazon


The Complete Book of Herbs
Lesley Bremness
Dorling Kindersley
1988
0-86318-313-1
Hardback

LP £16.99 AP £13.59


Ground Cover
John Cushnie
Kyle Cathie
1999
1856263266

Synopsis
Most plants selected for ground cover are by nature low-growing, rampant, spreading things, but the approach presented in this book extends to heathers, conifers, ferns, shrubs, grasses, fruit, vegetables - and even climbers, which will spread enthusiastically if they have nothing to climb up. Ground cover can be used for much more than the suppression of weeds - areas that are difficult to work, such as steep banks, or where little will grow, such as deep shade, can all benefit from a generous planting of the right thing. The author argues that solutions for any site can be found, with results that require little maintenance and are long-lasting and beautiful. A directory of over 1000 plants is included.

LP £19.99 AP £15.99


The Illustrated Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe
Marjorie Blamey Christopher Grey Wilson
Teach Yourself
1989
0-340-401-70-2
Hardback

Synopsis
Containing new full-colour illustrations of over 2400 plants in Europe, this combines the paintings of the noted botanical artist Marjorie Blamey with text by Christopher Grey-Wilson, a leading professional at Kew. Grasses are omitted but introduced species are covered. Previous work by the artist includes "Wild Flowers" with text by Richard and Alistair Fitter, while Grey-Wilson has written a number of books, both specialist and general. Currently out of print.

Currently out of print


Collins Field Guide:Mediterranean Wildflowers
M Blamey & Kit Grey~Wilson
Harper Collins
1990
0002199017
Hardback

Synopsis
This guide describes and illustrates wild flowers in the Mediterranean islands and all coastal regions from sea-level up to 1000 metres - from Portugal and Spain eastwards to the Lebanon and back to Morocco. It also covers principle flowering or fruit trees, grasses and ferns.

LP £30.00 AP £24.00


Collins pocket guide to Alpine Flowers of Britain and Europe
Marjorie Blamey, Kit Grey-Wilson
HarperCollins
1995
0-00-220017-1
Paperback


Synopsis
A guide to every flower found in the mountainous regions of Britain and Europe. The book has been reorganized so that all the features of every species are in one section. The area covered by the book has been expanded to include Eastern Europe and scientific names have been brought up to date.

LP £14.99 AP £11.99


Wild Flowers of the World
W.T.Stearn (Brit.Mus.); Peter S.Green (Kew Gdns.)
Octopus
1974
0 7064 0321 5

One of the most impressive and authoritative collections of world-wide wild flowers ever to be published. Over 1,000 of the world's exotic and colourful plants are studied in fine detail both in text and colour plates. Sources, Common and Latin names cross-referenced and indexed.

Not found on Amazon


Flowers of the Himalayas
Oleg Polunin & Adam Stainton
Oxford University Press
1997
0195641876
Paperback

Synopsis
This volume is designed to help the reader identify the wild flowers of the Himalaya, from Kashmir and Ladakh to the Nepal-Sikkim border in the east. It contains descriptions of 1500 species and illustrations of over 1000 species, most of them in colour. The book also gives details of where to go plant-hunting in the Himalaya, and at what seasons of the year. Brief descriptions of types of climate, geology, soils, altitude effects, and the activities of man and his animals on the vegetation are also included.

LP AP £18.95


Health Secrets of Plants and Herbs
Maurice Messegue
Pan Books

This herbal includes many lesser known plants. It also gives much previously unknown information about the health properties of better known wild and garden plants like lilac, box, lettuce, oak etc. It details the gathering, storing preparation and uses of the plants and gives copious warnings of possible ill effects from their use.

Not found on Amazon

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