A new edition of the classic guide to creating stunning decorative effects in the vegetable garden, where edible plants combine with flowers and foliage to create a beautiful outdoor space.
'Larkcom is a marvellous grower and writer, and so inspirational. This book not only offers her many years of wisdom on how to grow edible plants, but also shows many ways of doing so as beautifully as possible.' Monty Don, Daily Mail
Joy Larkcom believes passionately that a vegetable garden, whatever its size, can be as beautiful as a conventional garden of flowers and shrubs. In Creative Vegetable Gardening she shows how the principles of good design can be applied to a kitchen plot and how to use the vibrant textures, colours and forms of vegetables, herbs and fruit to create glorious effects and intriguing patterns without jeopardizing their productivity.
Inspirational colour photographs of potagers and kitchen plots capture the essence of the creative approach to vegetable growing. Techniques are described in clear stages and illustrated with full-colour step-by-step artworks, while an A-Z directory includes more than 150 edible plants with key facts on their cultivation, supplemented with ideas on how to grow them to maximum ornamental effect. Beautifully illustrated, intricate plans of five types of potager - formal, informal, small, urban and winter - add to the wealth of inspirational information.
Two women have moulded and influenced the way I garden. The first is my mother, who gave me the genes to garden as I do, and the second is Joy Larkcom. No one else manages to marry a relaxed, joyful approach to gardening with science and trialling. You can truly trust what she says . . . her Creative Vegetable Gardening is, as book go, my happy place, one I head back to whenever I feel uninspired by my own garden. - Guardian
Joy Larkcom has single-handedly put vegetable gardening back on the map. - Country Living
So filled with exciting and new things that - like the products of the author's kitchen - it goes down in one sitting. - The Sunday Times