I have many books on garden design, and borrowed more from the library. Tim Newbury's book is easy to read, full of ideas, with planting schemes, and alternative layouts to suit gardens of varying shapes.
He covers cottage gardens, kitchen gardens, gardens for entertaining, family gardens, gardens for the disabled, the plant enthusiasts' garden, water gardens, japanese-style gardens, formal gardens, coastal gardens, wildlife gardens, woodland gardens, front gardens and roof gardens. He covers every aspect of gardens, including specific ideas for garden features, pools, streams and water features, rock gardens, pergolas and arches, summerhouses, gazebos etc, patios and paving, steps, slopes, walls, fences, trellises, screens, beds and borders, herb gardens pots and containers. All this plus a plant directory.
His schemes are realistic for today's gardeners and will give anyone wanting help to plan their garden a whole host of inspirations, be it a corner you want to reorganise - to a whole garden layout. I heartily recommend this book - A must for gardeners' bookshelf!