The gardens in this book represent every type of herb garden, large and small, that you could imagine, from the precisely laid out knot garden of a stately home to a blowsy, billowing back garden in Birmingham. The format has a big photo on the lefthand page, with a description and relevant background on the right. There are over fifty gardens featured. Some, like York Gate or Hestercombe House, are famous and appear in many books, but even here the editors have taken care to show them from an unfamiliar angle. Several are the display gardens of herb farms or nurseries. A very high proportion are open to the public.
The last part of the book is described as a "glossary" of herbs - a bit misleading as it forms a concise herbal in itself, with two plants to a page, a good photo and text giving history, uses, folklore and cultivation tips. A good range of varieties is featured, with some unfamiliar candidates. This section in itself is better than many so-called guides to herbs.