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RHS Small Garden Handbook: Making the most of your outdoor space (Royal Horticultural Society Handbooks) [Hardcover]

Andrew Wilson
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION BASICS 15 ways to... reveal your plot's potential; Getting to know the plot; Measuring the plot; Understanding your soil; Orientation and microclimate; Identifying plants and materials; Imprinting your style; Setting your agenda; Case study: A rooftop retreat. DESIGN 15 ways to... make an instant impact; Small garden: great opportunity; Principles of design; Layout and geometry; Space, volume and structure; Boundaries and screens; Mass and void, colour and texture; Colour in your garden; Texture in your garden; Applying the principles: roof gardens, basements, terraces, alleys, entrances; Functional and spacial needs; Case study: Screening the views. STYLES 15 ways to... find your style; Formal; Modernist; Arts and crafts; Japanese; Cottage; Urban; Mediterranean; Conceptualist; Eco; Exotic; Case study: Creating a style. MATERIALS 15 ways to... exploit materials; Choosing your materials: Function and decoration; Paving slabs, concrete, brick, setts, block paving, cobbles, decking, gravel; Simple rules of construction and drainage bullet points; Changes of level: steps and slopes; Impact of construction; Decorating with materials; Case study: Mastering materials. BOUNDARIES 15 ways to... buff up your of boundaries; Setting the boundaries; Boundary materials: fences, walls; Planting and boundaries; Case study: Hardworking boundaries. STRUCTURES 15 ways to... use garden structures; Storage solutions; Garden offices and conservatories; Green roofs and raised beds; Case study: Creating privacy and depth. WATER 15 ways to... enjoy water; Water features for every garden; Case study: Wild about water. PLANTING 15 ways to... improve your planting design; Planting habitats, Planting styles: Cottage, formal, modernist, Mediterranean, Japanese, English, foliage, naturalistic, productive, minilaist, conceptualist, sustainable; Long-term and short-term thinking, Putting plants together; Plant profiles; Specimen and design statements; Planting for reduced maintenance; Case study: Planting for privacy. UPKEEP 15 ways to... simplify your gardening; Seasonal jobs and regular maintenance; Simple propagation; Compost and fertilisers; Rubbish and recycling; Case study: The low-maintenance garden. INDEX AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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