Four of the best summer garden books

Pages full of inspiration for and in celebration of the garden at the height of its beauty

There are plenty of new garden books being published this summer. Here are four of our favourites to get you inspired…

1001 Plants You Must Grow Before You Die

Liz Dobbs, £20, Cassell

An indispensable guide for the enthusiastic beginner gardener, this charts plant varieties with lush photography and advice on the optimum growing conditions for everything from decorative borders to the vegetable patch.

The Rose

Brent Elliott, £35, Carlton Books

A must-read for rose fans, Elliott’s tome, published in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, traces the history of Britain’s best-loved flower. Packaged in a collector’s box, the book includes 40 charming reproduction prints of a variety of roses.

Birdtopia

Daisy Fletcher, £12.95, Laurence King

The craze for adult colouring books has caused a global pencil shortage – and no wonder if this pictorial paradise of birds, insects and flowers is anything to go by. The perfect pastime for a lazy afternoon in the garden.

The Bee-Friendly Garden

By Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn, £14.99, Random House

Lavishly illustrated, this handy guide will help you create a garden that will encourage nature’s most prolific pollinator to flourish. In turn, you will reap the rewards of an impressive increase in plant yields.

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