- Hardcover: 143 pages
- Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (Feb 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184172159X
- ISBN-13: 978-1841721590
- Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 23.6 x 1.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,472,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photographs by Francesca Yorke lift this book out of the "yet another book about containers" rut. She has managed to illustrate the text effectively, providing photographs that are relevant and practical as well as attractive.
Most of the ideas for containers-found around-the-house here are pretty standard stuff, although the writer has presented tin cans and metal containers in an interesting way. Personally, I'd be afraid that plants grown in tin cans, especially the small ones like beer cans, would have their roots cooked in warm weather. Maybe in a shady spot they might be worth a try.
The writer gives some information about planting and watering that may be useful to the novice gardener, but mostly it's the usual drill; filling teapots, baskets boxes drawers and wooden toys with easy to grow plants.
There is a fairly brief plant directory and a U.S. source list for pots and plants (even though the writer is English). The cover blurb says this book is a new approach to container gardening. I can't imagine what the publisher thought was new in this book.