The book is thematic in structure and is full of ideas that will make every urban gardener review their garden in a different light. As well as suggesting ways in which urban dwellers can create their private dream gardens, the book has practical advice on the basic design elements necessary to create an urban sanctuary, including a consideration of light, soil, space, scale and water, together with plant use and appearance. The main section of the book looks at how to create different styles of urban sanctuary - from low maintenance and family havens to those with water features, roof terraces and balcony retreats, indoor-outdoor rooms, and gardens of a more natural style. An A-Z plant directory recommends a wide range of essential plants.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Part One; The Body of the Garden: Space and Scale: Light: Soil: Water: Planning Style: Part Two; The Spirit of the Garden: Magic and Mystery: The Natural Approach: The Gardener's Garden: Devoted to Water: Minimalist Style: Rooms with Views: Roof and Balcony Retreats: Family Havens: Directory of Plants: Index: Acknowledgements
Stephen Anderton is a highly successful garden columnist, author, broadcaster, and lecturer, well known for his weekly column in The Times which has three times won Garden Writers' Guild awards. He also contributes to magazines such as Gardens Illustrated, Country Life, the RHS's The Garden, Gardenlife, Traveler (US), and Saga Magazine. On television he has presented the ITV series "Britain's Best Back Gardens" in 2004 and 2005, and he was the co-presenter of Radio 4's "Growing Spaces" in 1997 as well as writing and co-presenting "Miniature Mountains - a History of Rock Gardening" for Radio 4 in 2003. His books include Rejuvenating a Garden (Best Practical Gardening Book of the Year, 1998) and Stephen Anderton's Garden Answers.