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.

Visit the Ideal Home garden shop

Love your garden? Take advantage of our special offers on plants at the Ideal Home garden shop. Our curated collection of beautiful flowers and shrubs is guaranteed to add colour and charm to your outdoor space.

Ideal Home loves...

Get creative with space

Small living room ideas for gorgeous spaces

Add a feature wall | Nursery decorating ideas | Nursery | PHOTO GALLERY | Ideal Home | Housetohome

Nursery decorating ideas for your new arrival

Country garden with wooden decking | Create the perfect gardener's retreat | PHOTO GALLERY | Housetohome.co.uk

Create the perfect gardener’s retreat

Bright towels | Bathroom accessories | Bathroom | PHOTO GALLERY | Style at Home | Housetohome.co.uk

Simple accessories that make bathrooms better

Be creative with lighting for a gorgeous glow | striking ideas for stairs and hallways | Hallways and stairs ? 10 striking ideas | hallway decorating ideas | housetohome

10 striking looks for hallways and stairs

Budget kitchen sinks | Update your kitchen on a budget | Budget kitchens | PHOTO GALLERY | Housetohome.co.uk

Update your kitchen on a budget