Published by Timber Press, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.
Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine Dustwrapper.
Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: Trees and shrubs are a valuable asset to a garden, bringing structure, shade, year-round interest and the all-important vertical dimension. However, choosing the right ones for small gardens is a fine art. It is all too easy to end up with heavyweight shrubs overtaking the border, dysfunctional climbers, or trees outgrowing their designated spaces. In this practical reference, woody-plant expert Diana Miller takes the anguish out of the process by recommending plants and cultivation techniques that excel in small garden spaces.
Many of the recommended plants fulfil a particular design function, such as trees that provide the right levels of shade for an underplanting of choice bulbs, columnar or weeping specimens for very restricted spaces, and shrubs that provide an effective foil for herbaceous perennials in a mixed border. Advice on pruning, coppicing, topiary, container planting and other techniques that restrict growth are particularly valuable where space is at a premium. Useful too are scaled-down versions of favourite trees such as Prunus Amanogawa, which takes up less space and creates less shade than other cherry trees. At the heart of this book is a comprehensive plant directory that provides detailed descriptions, including full cultivation advice for over 400 top-performing trees and shrubs.
Further information on planting to encourage wildlife and handy lists that allow readers to search by colour, height and other characteristics are invaluable while excellent photographs complement the plant descriptions, aid identification and complete this practical one-stop reference.