Ivydene Gardens Library Catalogue: Garden Design Books - J-T

Each entry, where possible, has an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) to assist you in locating a copy.

In order to assist the design process for a garden, the Library has been split into the following order of abstraction:-

  • Garden Style - The overall style of the garden — Cottage, Japanese, Feng-Shui, Informal, Formal, Wildlife Friendly etc - dictates which following design and plant books are suitable to use
  • Garden Design - gives design methodologies to follow for the Garden Style chosen.
  • Garden Planting Design gives planting design ideas for the beds of the overall garden design chosen above.
  • Wildlife gives details concerning wildlife that could be found in gardens, their lifestyle and how to encourage them to your garden.
  • Location of Plants shows which plants should be grouped together for its soil, shade, colour for the garden style chosen.
  • Plant Association shows which plant combinations give a pleasing colour combination or foliage contrast.
  • Plant Types gives growing conditions of a particular family of plants, i.e. Primulas, with lists of where suitable and finally
  • Plant Species gives data about a particular family of plants in restricted format.

The Reference Library and the Practical Projects categories will assist with construction.

Private garden maintenance can then be assisted by the following:-

  • Gardening gives general information on how to garden for the whole garden,
  • Garden Cultivation gives specific data about growing vegetables in a kitchen garden, or fruit in an orchard, or lawns, ponds etc,
  • Propagation gives details on how to propagate new plants from seed, division or grafting,
  • Garden Pests includes information on garden pests and diseases with their control and
  • Garden Tips gives tips on different parts of gardening.

Please note that entries in the library pages in red text indicate books that Chris Garnons-Williams has found to be more useful than the others in that section.




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John Brooke's Garden Design Book


John Brooke

Plants, gardens, diagrams

The complete practical guides to planning, styling and planting any garden. Provides good design principles with planting categories of 1) the special, 2) the skeletons, 3) the decoratives, 4) the pretties and 5) infill.

Low-Water Gardening


John Lucas

28 pages of good descriptions with uses, restrictions and cultivar name of trees and plants resistant to drought. Good design chapter. Creating and running the ideal garden with less water

Making a Cottage Garden


Faith and Geoff Whiten

Plants and gardens

Essay on cottage gardens. Good description Plant check-list of shrubs, roses, climbing and rambling roses, climbing plants, perennials, bulbs, annuals, biennials and herbs, which are authentic and can be obtained today.

Making a Rose Garden


Ethne Clarke

100 old-fashioned roses

Good rose garden design essay. Garden designs: - cottage, Victorian rose, scented, terrace, garden for all seasons and heritage. 100 old-fashioned rose good descriptions, some with colour photo. Good descriptions of underplanting and companion planting plants

Mediterranean Gardening


Heidi Gildemeister

Mediterranean Plants

How to create a Mediterranean Garden with plant cultivar data

Plan and Design your garden

a practical guide to designing and planting your garden


Peter McHoy

15 plans and 100 colour photos

Usefull garden design principles with the transition from structural design to planting plan well explained. 15 design plans with practical sections explained in detail on how to create them

Plans for Small Gardens


Geoffrey K. Coombs

11 garden plans. 2 pages of plant associations. Thin book

Ponds and Water Gardens


Bill Heritage

Pond plants and Ponds

Pond design, construction and maintenance

Popular Garden Designs


Guy and Donald Farthing

40 plan and garden views

A choice of 20 garden plans to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of home owners

Really Small Gardens


Jill Billington

150 colour photos of small gardens and 30 illustrated planting schemes

Select plants and materials that make the most of a small space.Use illusion to make the garden look more spacious. The garden plans show what looks good in 99% of small gardens with the plants and hard landscaping materials stated. Shaping of plants to create 3 dimensional effects is explained as well as planting effects with variety of form, texture and habit.. Lists of plants for those planting effects. A very usefull book that requires reading and re-reading before designing your plot from it using your own style.

Small Space Gardening

gardening successfully in small spaces


Peter McHoy

120 colour photos showing how to do something and explanatory diagrams

Usefull design ideas with practical advice on how to construct the design.

The Complete Book of Garden Design, Construction and Planting


David Stevens, Lucy Huntingdon and Richard Key

Garden plans

Elements of garden design, practical construction diagrams with detailed methodology of planting design and planting plans and plant lists

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Feng Shui

How to apply the secrets of Chinese wisdom for health, wealth and happiness


Lillian Too

Explanation of Feng Shui with its principles and practice. This explains the principles and practice of living in harmony with your natural and man-made environment, and explains how, by making changes to your surroundings, you can foster good health, improve relationships and attract prosperity both at home and in business

The Cottage Garden


Christopher Lloyd & Richard Bird

This analyses exactly what makes a cottage garden. All of Cottage garden plants essay. Cottage-garden features. 6 cottage garden plans help design your own garden

The Country Diary Book of Creating a Butterfly Garden


E.J.M. Warren

Butterflies and plants they like

How to create a butterfly garden

The Essential Gardener

A personal guide to successful modern gardening


Dr Stefan Buczacki

Plants and diagrams

Interesting essay design section. Essay on maintaining your garden. Very Good descriptions with recommended cultivars of - vegetables, herbs, fruit, lawn, garden hedge, trees, shrubs, climbing plants, roses, herbaceous perennials, annuals and biennials, bulbs, alpine and rock garden plants, and water plants. A general gardening book which contains only the information that he believes the average gardener of 1993 actually requires

The Feng Shui Garden Design your garden for health, wealth and happiness


Gill Hale

Feng Shui principles for the garden and creating a Feng Shui garden. Basic book

The Garden Designer


Robin Williams

Gardens and plans

Garden plans. 4 pages of the analysis, the zoning plan, the finished design and the working plan of the design process

The Garden Sourcebook the essential guide to planning and planting


Caroline Boisset

plants, gardens and plans

Garden design - Assessment of the plot itself, what it offers and what its potential may be. Then, analyze each component in the garden - structural and architectural features, ornament, and, finally, the plants. Good descriptions of plants, some with photos

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This recipe is taken from “Chocolate and Salted Caramel Squillionaire by Harry Eastwood (Page 140 in Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache - ISBN 9780593062364). This recipe is downright spoiled. Years of getting his own way mean that this squillionaire is opinionated, pedantic and often unreasonable. Patience is required at every level, but ....”




  • 397g tin condensed milk
  • 100 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 300g digestive biscuits
  • a very small pinch of Malden sea salt
  • 150g dark cooking chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)

You will need 30 Cupcake cases - 50mm base diameter, 38mm depth.

Preheat the fan oven to 160 degrees Centigrade.

To make the caramel, place the tin of condensed milk in a medium saucepan (not non-stick). Fill the pan with boiling water until it has run over the top of the tin. Boil hard for 1 hour, remembering to top up the water.

To make the biscuit base, put the butter and golden syrup in a heatproof dish in the oven for 5 minutes to melt. Crush the biscuits by blitzing in a food processor to get a sand consistency. Then, blitz the melted butter and syrup into the biscuit. Fork it into the 30 cup cases to about 12mm thick. Bake for 20 minutes in the middle of the oven, before taking out and placing onto a wire rack.

The recipe states “Remove the tin of condensed milk from the water after 1 hour and open it carefully... Sprinkle in the salt flakes, give it a good stir and pour the thick caramel over the biscuit base”. I let it cool for 15 minutes, opened the tin and using a flexible spatula I ladled dollops onto the bases without adding the salt.

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I suspect that it was not until a person had eaten 4 out the 20 consumed at the meeting that I took them to, that she may have decided that they were edible!


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The Garden Style chosen at the beginning defines what a garden should look like.

Following this choice of Garden Style, then:-

  • use the relevant Garden Design methodology, then
  • use the Planting Design to implement the ideas for the beds, before
  • using the Location of Plants to show which plants should be grouped together for the soil, shade and colour of that Garden Style chosen.

Plant Association shows which plant combinations give pleasing flower or foliage colour combinations, then

Plant Type gives growing conditions of a family of plants - ie Primulas - with lists of primulas with the same flower colour, foliage colour or height and where is suitable for those plants, followed by

Plant Species gives data about a family of plants in a restrictd format - ie without lists - as the lowest level of useful information (unless you are prepared to read the text in a whole book each time you want to use this particular species of plant).


Gardening gives general information on how to garden for the whole garden.

Garden Cultivation gives specific information on veg, fruit, lawn, pond, etc.

Garden Pests details garden pests/diseases and their control.


Practical Projects gives details on how to construct hard landscaping.


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