The Gardener’s Garden by Madison Cox, Ruth Chivers & Toby Musgrave
We know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but the beautiful tangerine binding of this book is part of its appeal. Inside, over 250 gardens around the world are featured in glorious colour, including Monet’s garden at Giverny, the Arts and Crafts garden at Hidcote in the Cotswolds and La Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech. There are a huge variety of styles on display, from medieval to modern, and wild to urban. Certain to become a favourite in any gardener’s library, this book will most likely inspire a few garden visits too.
Landscape of Dreams: The Gardens of Isabel and Julian Bannerman
The title of this book reflects the magical garden designs of husband-and-wife duo Isabel and Julian Bannerman. They’re known for their theatrical style, which embraces follies, grottoes and topiary. Leaf through this book and marvel at the fairytale gardens they’ve cultivated for Waddesdon Manor and Arundel Castle, as well as the Pre-Raphaelite inspired planting at their own home, Trematon Castle in Cornwall. A real conversation starter, this will delight armchair gardeners as well as real ones.
The Gardens of Arne Maynard by Arne Maynard
Maynard is one of the most sought-after garden designers working today and his romantic style will make you dream of transforming your patch of land into something lush and flower filled. The ultimate English country house gardener, he’s landscaped many a stately home. As well as photographs of various projects, this lovely book includes essays on his personal passions, such as growing roses, creating kitchen gardens and using sculpture outdoors.
The New English Garden by Tim Richardson
Richardson, a leading garden writer, celebrates England’s thriving garden culture in this thought-provoking book, which aims to paint a picture of where landscape design is heading in the 21st century. He surveys 25 gardens that have been created or restored in the past decade, from historic locations such as Great Dixter in East Sussex to recent attractions like London’s Olympic Park. Andrew Lawson’s photographs capture their beauty in vivid detail.