Gardening on chalk and limestone can be frustrating. This book explains how to overcome the limitations of alkaline soils to create a beautiful garden in harmony with your environment and the local geology. Topics covered include how to test your soil; the plants that flourish on alkaline soils; how to improve the soil; trees, shrubs, climbers, roses, bulbs, herbaceous plants, and food; herbs and wildflower gardening; and checklists for suitable and unsuitable plants.
Sarah Coles writes a monthly gardening column for the Hampshire Magazine. She assesses gardens for the Good Gardens Guide, has worked as a horticultural tutor at Southampton University and gardens herself on chalk soil at her Hampshire home.