New small garden Contemporary principles, planting and practice

Noël Kingsbury

Book - 2016

Small gardens are a challenge to design and to keep looking good. This title aims to inspire and inform gardeners to make the most of their small spaces by looking at more than 50 contemporary and inspirational gardens, at how their designers have created them and how their owners use and develop them. In this serious review of the perennial subject, Noel explains the theory and practice of planting a small garden, he advocates on the use of containers, revitalises growing your own, and explains design tricks, storage solutions and vertical planting to help small garden owners maximise their small spaces. And lack of space should not limit ambition for embracing sustainability, the use of recycled materials and the scope for bio-diversity a...s well as providing habitats for wildlife. All the gardens featured have been photographed in the last two years. Special photography is by Dutch garden photographer and former fashion stylist Maayke de Ridder whose design rigour perfectly complements the author's gardening expertise.

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Islington : Frances Lincoln Limited 2016.
Main Author
Noël Kingsbury (author)
Other Authors
Maayke De Ridder (photographer)
First Frances Lincoln edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
208 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Introduction
  • 1. Assessing your space
  • First things first
  • Looking for light
  • Going underground
  • 2. Design tricks for small spaces
  • Visual illusions
  • Where does your garden end?
  • Thinking diagonally
  • Less isn't always more
  • Filling the space effectively
  • Interesting the feet
  • Injecting detail
  • Introducing focal points
  • Taking the gaze up
  • Combining functional spaces
  • Including sensory experiences
  • Linking the house and garden
  • Case study
  • 3. Layering with plants
  • Nature's way
  • Structural plants
  • Sculpting with woody plants
  • Herbaceous and short-lived plants
  • The lawn
  • Visual plant layering
  • How to layer with plants
  • Naturalistic plant layering
  • Case study
  • 4. Plants for small gardens
  • Choosing plants
  • Seasonal changes
  • Plants with staying power
  • Late-season blooms
  • Two-season plants
  • Focus on foliage
  • Using colourful leaves
  • Choosing evergreens
  • Including structure
  • Designing with grasses
  • Introducing scent
  • Cultivating the exotic look
  • Case study
  • 5. Vertical planting
  • Climbing high
  • How plants climb
  • Right climber, right place
  • Trailing and flowing effects
  • 6. Mini wildlife havens
  • Small sanctuaries
  • Nurturing environments
  • Providing water
  • Selecting plants for wildlife
  • Wildlife-friendly garden features
  • Case study
  • 7. Sustainable small spaces
  • Designs for compact eco-friendly gardens
  • Managing water in urban gardens
  • Planning and planting a mini rain garden
  • Making hard surfaces porous
  • Introducing recycled and reused materials
  • 8. Containers for small plots
  • Creative displays for containers
  • Choosing containers
  • Top container design tips
  • Container care
  • Choosing plants for pots
  • Case study
  • 9. Making space for food
  • Creating a tiny fruit and vegetable plot
  • Types of vegetable
  • Types of fruit
  • The home vegetable-growing revolution
  • Choosing a productive site
  • Protecting crops in tiny plots
  • Case study
  • 10. Plant selector
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Sub-shrubs
  • Perennials
  • Grasses
  • Climbers
  • Bulbs
  • Designers' and Garden Contacts
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements