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RHS Small Garden Handbook: Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space

RHS Small Garden Handbook: Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space

Hardback Royal Horticultural Society Handbooks

By (author) Andrew Wilson, Other Royal Horticultural Society

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  • Publisher: MITCHELL BEAZLEY
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 240mm x 28mm | 1,100g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184533681X
  • ISBN 13: 9781845336813
  • Illustrations note: 350 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 214,498

Product description

RHS Small Garden Handbook provides an all-in-one guide for small space gardeners and draws on the experience in growing, planting, landscaping and design for which the RHS is world famous. It begins by explaining how to assess your plot so that you are aware of the soil, orientation, microclimate, existing materials and proportions that you have to work with, before revealing the principles of good design. Showing how your decisions on layout, colour and texture will affect the finished design and what tricks can be played to create a greater sense of space - with everything from expert design advice on boundaries, hedges and fences to clever ideas for containers and storage - every gardener will gain confidence in creating a garden to enjoy no matter how big the plot. Each of the nine chapters includes 15 ways to make instant improvements and a real-life case study to inspire change. All the gardens featured in the book's 300 photographs are accessible, achievable and truly inspirational.

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Andrew Wilson is a founding Director of The London School of Garden Design and an award winning garden designer, lecturer and writer. He is Chief Assessor for the RHS for show gardens and has been assessing and judging for over 12 years, mainly at Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows. He writes a regular column for Gardens Illustrated and has contributed to a series of books, including Influential Gardeners, The Book of Garden Plans and the Book of Plans for Small Gardens (all Mitchell Beazley). He is also the founding editor of The Garden Design Journal and regularly contributes to the RHS journal The Garden.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION BASICS 15 ways to... reveal your plot's potential; Getting to know the plot; Measuring the plot; Understanding your soil; Orientation and microclimate; Identifying plants and materials; Imprinting your style; Setting your agenda; Case study: A rooftop retreat. DESIGN 15 ways to... make an instant impact; Small garden: great opportunity; Principles of design; Layout and geometry; Space, volume and structure; Boundaries and screens; Mass and void, colour and texture; Colour in your garden; Texture in your garden; Applying the principles: roof gardens, basements, terraces, alleys, entrances; Functional and spacial needs; Case study: Screening the views. STYLES 15 ways to... find your style; Formal; Modernist; Arts and crafts; Japanese; Cottage; Urban; Mediterranean; Conceptualist; Eco; Exotic; Case study: Creating a style. MATERIALS 15 ways to... exploit materials; Choosing your materials: Function and decoration; Paving slabs, concrete, brick, setts, block paving, cobbles, decking, gravel; Simple rules of construction and drainage bullet points; Changes of level: steps and slopes; Impact of construction; Decorating with materials; Case study: Mastering materials. BOUNDARIES 15 ways to... buff up your of boundaries; Setting the boundaries; Boundary materials: fences, walls; Planting and boundaries; Case study: Hardworking boundaries. STRUCTURES 15 ways to... use garden structures; Storage solutions; Garden offices and conservatories; Green roofs and raised beds; Case study: Creating privacy and depth. WATER 15 ways to... enjoy water; Water features for every garden; Case study: Wild about water. PLANTING 15 ways to... improve your planting design; Planting habitats, Planting styles: Cottage, formal, modernist, Mediterranean, Japanese, English, foliage, naturalistic, productive, minilaist, conceptualist, sustainable; Long-term and short-term thinking, Putting plants together; Plant profiles; Specimen and design statements; Planting for reduced maintenance; Case study: Planting for privacy. UPKEEP 15 ways to... simplify your gardening; Seasonal jobs and regular maintenance; Simple propagation; Compost and fertilisers; Rubbish and recycling; Case study: The low-maintenance garden. INDEX AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS