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RHS How to Plant a Garden: Design tricks, ideas and planting schemes for year-round interest

Matt James, The Royal Horticultural Societ

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Prose: non-fiction, Gardening

In this easy-to-understand guide to plants and how to design with them, garden designer and lecturer Matt James de-mystifies the world of planting design, making it accessible, enjoyable and hugely rewarding.

'A thoroughly recommended read if you want your garden to have that designer touch - and to look good all year round' - Alan Titchmarsh

'This book is reassuringly methodical. From the initial survey to the planting palette and how to design for privacy, shelter or noise control. It's a helpful primer for any design project.' - Daily Mail

'Inventively presented with a lot of info packed in without seeming deterrently difficult.' - Evening Standard

'Great design tips, ideas and planting schemes for year-round interest.' - House Beautiful


Confused by the bewildering range of plants on offer at your local garden centre? How do you choose, use and create beautiful planting schemes like the professionals?

The book takes you on a structured journey through the design process, from the initial assessment of your existing space, through choosing a theme or style, to putting it all together. Learn what various plant groups can provide and how to problem-solve by selecting the right species. Understand the role that form, colour, scent and texture play in the garden, and how to use focal points and accent plants for added interest.

Tiny courtyard gardeners and suburban gardeners alike will learn how to mix plants in pleasing combinations that will provide interest through

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Matt James

Matt James is a painter, author/illustrator and musician whose many highly acclaimed children's books include Yellow Moon, Apple Moon by Pamela Porter (New Mexico Book Award); I Know Here by Laurel Croza (Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award) and its companion volume, From There to Here; and The Stone Thrower by Jael Ealey Richardson.
The Funeral is the first picture book he has written and illustrated.

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