This inspirational book looks at gardens in a new, more democratic way. No longer are we restricted to plants for one specialist climate; we now have much wider access to many types of gardens and plants that we could previously only admire on holiday or from afar.
The keynote approach of this unique new book is the garden styles of nine individual regions which have always dealt superbly with heat, drought and water shortages.
Each one represents a part of the world with a gardening specialism that was established from its natural and specific weather patterns.
All these garden styles are now open for new gardeners to sample - the Italian Garden, the Islamic Garden, the Patio Garden, the Mediterranean Garden, the Gravel Garden, the Desert Garden, the Bush Garden, the Flower Desert and the Jungle Garden.
They range from the riotous colours of the Mediterranean garden and its naturally drough-tolerant plants, to the allure of the sun-baked Islamic garden with its creative harnessing of water and use of light and shade, and to the spiky architecture of the desert garden with its agaves, aloes, cacti and euphorbia.
Each chapter explains the essence of the style, and its historical roots. Each includes a practical tutorial, a plants focus profiling characteristic plant forms, a colour planting plan and a step-by-step project.
The many practical features include water-saving techniques in the garden, caring for silver-leafed plants and growing annual exotics from seed.
The final chapter is a useful plant directory introducing the key plants from each region, along with cultivation and zonal information.
The beautiful gardens photographed range from delightful small-scale gardens to world-famous locations such as the Tresco garden in the Isle of Scilly; the patio gardens of Cordoba, Spain; the desert gardens of Arizona; the Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand; and the Beth Chatto gravel garden in the UK.