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Hi all

i was thinking about asking for some gardening books for Christmas but appreciate that there are A LOT of books out there, so was wondering if there were any that you would recommend? I was thinking about one to do with seeds (growing/collecting), maybe one to do with propagation? 

What is your best book? Doesn't have to still be in print - OH likes a challenge 

Thanks in advance 

Propagation by Aura Garden Guides is a good one. Cheap, at less that £5 it covers a range of plants in respect to propagation, also has several growing charts for seeds from veg to annuals, biennials, perennials and houseplants.  

I find it a good reference book, just been reading about hardwood cuttings again and when to take them.

I've also Herbs in the same series but there's well over a dozen different guides.


I like Carol Klein's grow your own garden for propagation.  It never makes it back onto the bookshelf in the growing season as I'm constantly looking things up.  The other one i use a lot for reference is Monty Don's complete gardener ( from his first stint on GW).

Anything by christopher lloyd is very readable, but i treat them more as reading books rather than reference.  Katherine Swift and the Morville books are also good reads.


Thanks Chicky  Have hear about Christopher Lloyd and his colourful planting. Will see if there's something by him I can add to my list 



Bit cheeky, am giving myself a bump up 

Does anyone else have any books they would recommend?


Beth Chattos books on The Damp garden, and The Dry  Garden are good.


Thanks Fidget  Have been to here gardens, very lovely the visit was too 


Beth Chatto's Woodland Garden as well, it's more of a 'read' than damp and dry if you like that sort of book.

And there's a book on growing from seed by Karen Platt, 




Thanks Nut. Will check her out 


My RHS  A-Z Encylopedia of Garden Plants never gets put away - covers everything site, pruning, propagation, colour pics, techniques etc  and Geoff Hamilton's Organic Gardening is another book I use regularly.


Thanks Daintiness 


The series of books by Martyn Rix and Roger Phillips are very useful. Perennials, 2 books, early and late. Trees. Wildflowers. Mushrooms, that's excellent. Annuals and Biennials. Shrubs



I thoroughly enjoyed reading Christopher Lloyds 'The Well Tempered Garden' It is entertaining and informative - a good read.

I was given the RHS books Propagation and one on Fruit and vegetables which are becoming my bibles

Really fancy that RHS A-Z of Garden plants - perhaps on my List for this year

Stacey Docherty

I don't have any but the RHS ones are in my list as is carol kleins.... Just hope I have been a good girl this year!!



Thank you Nut and Matty.  Will skip the fruit and veg for now (have posted previously about my OH and his dislike of home grown produce).

Stacey, I'm sure you've been a good girl . . . just like me 


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