We’ve shared with readers of this blog some of our favourite garden books in previous posts. The Lazy Susan office has many a shelf crammed with all manner of garden and patio based reading material. It makes for great inspiration, and the team love nothing more than a quick thumb through the latest garden design books of a lunch break.
Our top gardening books of 2015… So far!
New gardening and garden/patio design books come out all the time, and to be honest, it can be hard to keep up with them. Not to mention, separating the wheat from the chaff. So whilst this is no definitive list, it is our top gardening books of 2015. And if you think we’ve missed anything, please drop it in the comments box below.
Garden Design: A Book of Ideas by Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majeru
Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majeru’s new book is best described as “a comprehensive sourcebook of the best contemporary ideas for garden owners, architects and designers”. It is designed to inspire readers to simply try and envision what is possible in their own gardens, no matter how small or improbable that space may be.
The highlight of this book for us is the stunning photography by Marianne Majeru. It simply makes you want to get outside and start re-thinking your garden. A review by Publishers Weekly stated that “they defy any reader not to find a style they can feel comfortable with in this book, there are plenty of ideas which can be adopted, even for the most difficult location”.
You can pick up a Hardcover copy from Amazon.co.uk for a very reasonable £11.94.
Great Garden Design: Contemporary Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces by John Brookes and Ian Hodgson
John Brookes is the Chairman of the Society of Garden Designers, so we knew we’d be on to a winner with this book the second we clicked add to cart. It presents the best garden designs of the last ten years from more than 50 top garden designers.
Providing the reader with design solutions for pretty much every scenario, every area, all tastes and budgets, and any size of garden, whilst drawing on experience from the likes of celebrated designers such as Tom Stuart Smith, Luciano Giubbilei, Charlotte Rowe and Andy Sturgeon, as well as lesser-known designers whose work deserves a little more recognition.
This book makes the complex process of garden design just that little bit simpler, showing us mere amateur’s what’s possible, what’s practical and what’s affordable. From garden rooms and ornamental details to themes and planting schemes, this book will appeal to every homeowner.
No matter if you’re looking for a full garden overhaul or if you’re just looking to fine tune the details, this book will help you get it right and its well worth Amazon’s £18.80 price tag.
Diy Furniture: 12 Simple Woodcraft DIY Ideas to Build a Beautiful Outdoor Furniture by Robby Ortega
Good books that focus just on garden furniture are few and far between. No garden is complete without it, which is why it always features prominently in the outdoor design books. However, this DIY Outdoor Furniture book by Robby Ortega is an exception to the rule.
Whilst we would rather you buy our garden furniture than build your own this book offers some great advice, helping those on a tight budget improve their garden with some great recyclable solutions. From love seats and tables that help pull the outside in to outdoor sofas constructed from old suitcases.
If DIY is your thing and you want to save some money, then there’s some great inspiration in this book. And at only £5.95, its another bargain from Amazon.co.uk.
Garden Magic: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary Hardcover by George Carter and Harry Cory Wright
George Carter is a garden designer with some serious pedigree. A Gold Medallist at the Chelsea Flower Show no less. George is famed for his subtle and humorous approach to garden design, and he’s designed and made gardens for the likes of the Penshurst stately home.
In the Magic Garden, all photographed in his own beautiful Norfolk garden, George shares his approach to garden design. You can read how he created the garden but the stunning photographs by Harry Cory Wright illustrate some quick and easy ways to decorate and transform your garden with originality and paint.
From urns to statues and cut-outs, to humble flowerpots and chain store-bought garden sheds, George’s ideas will bring his unique flair to your garden. I think this is the most expensive book in our list, but its worth Amazon’s hefty tag for the photography alone.
Landscaping Ideas: An Introduction to Landscaping and Inspiration for Beautifying Your Home by Karen Elliot
There’s many simple things you can do with your gardens and lawns, all helping to increase the appeal of your home. Sadly, it seems many of us give very little thought to landscaping, so expert gardener Karen Elliott has compiled this book to hopefully change all that.
In Landscaping Ideas: An Introduction to Landscaping and Inspiration for Beautifying Your Home, you’ll find a fab overview of the basic concepts of landscaping such as edging, adding walls, the use of grass, dealing with driveways, gateways, and much much more.
This book is a great starting point for anybody who’s planning to design and do their own outdoor space. Its available to order now from Amazon.co.uk, and at only £4.45 for the paperback copy, its a real bargain buy this one!
Garden Projects: 25 Easy-to-build Wood Structures & Ornaments Paperback by Roger Marshall
I picked up a copy of Roger Marshall’s Garden Projects book about 3 weeks ago and I’ve already built the ornamental wheelbarrow for my Mum’s garden. I’ll be the first to hold my hand up and say I don’t own a vast shed full of tools or posses particularly advanced wood working skills, but I’m keen!
However, what Roger has done is produce a book that suits the needs of the keen amateur, no matter what level your abilities are at. From practical and simple raised garden flower beds to more ambitious things, like a tool shed, this book guides you step by step.
There is something for everybody here, and these projects are a great way to unwind of a weekend. This one will set you back £11.95 on Amazon.
Better Homes and Gardens 150 Quick and Easy Furniture Projects
If its from Better Homes & Gardens, you know you can’t go wrong. And this one is hot of the press, I think we only got it a week or so back, and I’ve not put it down. It features more than 150 innovative ways to renovate old furniture, and in their own words “is a must-have guide for those looking to save money, live greener, and create unique pieces that showcase individual style”.
All of the stunning projects can be made in no more than a weekend and with standard tools and skills, so projects are accessible for everyone. There’s a great selection of projects and ideas for every part of the home. Even the most reluctant DlY’ers can’t help but be inspired by the upcycle of a a tired looking 70’s dresser into a functional bathroom unit.
There’s a great reference section that gives you all the info you’ll need to tackle each project, showing you exactly what tools you’ll need and the steps to take. Available to order now for £14.99 on Amazon again.
Color Concrete Garden Projects: Making Your Own Planters, Furniture and Firepits Using Creative Techniques by Nathan Smith & Michael Snyder
Concrete is a much maligned material in my opinion. OK so it tends to make for an ugly patio, but there are many other ways it can be better utilised around the home and in the garden. For example, I went for a polished concrete worktop in our recently installed new kitchen. It looks beautiful, and much to the surprise of everybody who’s seen it, is super smooth and warm to the touch.
Color Concrete Garden Projects by Nathan Smith & Michael Snyder promises to be a great little project book that highlights how concrete is much easier to work with than you’d think. And I say it promises to as this one isn’t released for another couple of weeks.
However, I’m nailing my colours to the mast with this one, as I’m excited to pick up a copy and have a go at making my own concrete planters. From what info is available, the photography looks excellent and the book claims to “help to make each project simple to understand”.
The book covers everything from planters to furniture, and the authors claims that all the pieces can be made in a single weekend. This one looks great fun, you can pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk now and its available from next month.