5 Inspiring Garden Books

5 Inspiring Garden Books

Laure Joliet
May 8, 2009

So our balcony herb garden is all planted and functional, our succulent containers are healthy and thriving, and our planting bed is sort of taking care of itself. This means that there's actually time (and mental space) to consider what's next. A living wall? A vegetable garden? Taking it easy? Here are some of the books we turn to for inspiration, add yours to the list and let us know what you're working on in your garden:

Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler. This book breaks down "how anyone can create an oasis in the smallest of spaces". Totally useful for small apartment gardening. Plus the focus isn't on fancy pots, but a healthy garden. Alys teaches you how to amend your soil and keep plants thriving in small patches.

The Hot Garden by Scott Calhoun is a huge resource for creating a garden in hot, dry climates like the Southwest. The book is gorgeous filled with amazing images to inspire your own responsible, drought tolerant garden.

Sunset Western Garden Book is the bible when it comes to what plant to plant where. I've got a copy that got passed down to me from my mom. You can access some of the plant database on Sunset's website now, but nothing beats just looking it up in the book. It's heavy, but worth it.

The Garden Book is mainly a coffee style type book that has page after page of inspiring gardens. From grand scale Parisian gardens to small Japanese balconies, it catalogs hundreds of different styles of garden. Great for when you just want to see what's out there.

The Small Garden came out a couple of years ago but has some nice examples of minimal, small space gardening. It's got some nice ideas for narrow areas, rooftops and balconies and has soft and hardscape ideas.

Has anyone read any good books on vertical gardening or living roofs?

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