How many times when we are visiting gardens, or thumbing through a glossy magazine, do we look at our own garden with mixed feelings of disappointment and despair, and exclaim 'Why can't my garden look like that?'. The simple answer is 'it can'. This book demonstrates just how easy it is to make adjustments to what is already there to make your garden stunning, whatever its size. Whether it's an issue with design, plant selection or pruning - or even lack of time - simple solutions are described in clear, jargon-free language that will appeal both to the complete novice and those with more experience. Written in an informal, easy-to-read style this book will enable everyone to have a garden they can be proud of.
After an intensive horticultural training, John Shortland has been Head Gardener for a number of large, country houses. He has also been an advisor to the public at the Chelsea Flower Show and has worked alongside Dan Pearson on Channel 4 Television's Garden Doctors. He runs The Garden Coach(R) which teaches gardening skills to people in their own gardens and also The Glyme Garden & Landscape Company, for those who don't want to design or maintain a garden themselves. He lives in Oxfordshire.
The author looks at every aspect of transforming what you've got, including: -Sorting out what you are trying to achieve - The best use of time a busy person can make in their garden -Improving the layout of your garden -Maintaining visual interest throughout the year -Using plant combinations, colour and foliage for maximum impact -Tips on how to prune (even when you don't know what the name of the plant is) -Managing effective weed and pest control