Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:17
I've just been diving into the RHS book "Pruning and Training" by Christopher Brickell - it is a mine of information and techniques, and more importantly "when" to tackle things.
I use the RHS Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers as a picture guide to recognition - it shows plants by size and season of blooming. I think it was quite expensive, but I got it for £1 as an introductory offer to a book club which I then didn't join!
And for sheer enjoyment, it has to be Christopher Lloyds correspondence with Beth Chatto - "Dear Friend"