Written by Kathryn Bradley-Hole, the author of Rizzoli’s acclaimed English Gardens as well as the best-selling “Gardeners’ World” Garden Lovers’ Guide to Britain and Lost Gardens of England: From the Archives of Country Life, the book ‘The Naturally Beautiful Garden: Designs that engage with wildlife and nature‘ features more than thirty gardens from across the globe America, Britain, Europe, Morocco, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, the Caribbean alongside photographs with photographs by leading garden photographers, including Richard Bloom, Andrea Jones, Marianne Majerus, Alessio Mei, Clive Nichols, and Ngoc Minh Ngo. The book showcases the beauty and visual impact produced by ecologically friendly garden design principles.
As the world wakes up to the effects of climate change and the consequent strains on natural resources, today’s garden makers are responding in creative ways. Interest in growing plants in ecologically sensitive ways that support pollinators, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife is creating a new consciousness in garden making. It goes hand in hand with organic principles that shun the use of short-term, quick-fix chemical solutions that have an overall damaging effect on soil and the environment.
The gardens showcased serve diverse needs—from twenty-first-century public green spaces to modern cottage gardens and from large country gardens to intimate city courtyards—across a wide range of climates and soils. Interspersed throughout are illustrated essays outlining relevant topics, including: supporting wildlife; the challenges of seaside gardening; incorporating seeds and fruit; grasses, meadows, and prairie plantings; coping with heat and drought; and the important role of trees, structure and hardscaping; ornamental grasses; overcoming site challenges (xeriscaping, rain gardens, excess shade, less than ideal soils).
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