The best gardening books, recommended by some of the world's leading gardening experts. In Five Books' time-honoured tradition, each of our experts has selected their five leading books on the subject of gardens, horticulture or plants. They also explain, in the accompanying interview, why those books are particularly important to them or significant.
Whether you're just starting out with your garden and looking for general inspiration or need specific advice on how to grow things, you should be able to find some of the best gardening books ever written.
We hope you will find the selections informative, educational and inspiring.
Monty Don recommends His Favourite Gardening Books
Monty Don OBE, Britain’s most loved gardener and lead presenter of Gardeners World, discusses his favourite books on gardening including one he describes as “the best gardening book ever written.” This is a strong endorsement, given that his own gardening library extends to over three thousand books.
The best books on Garden Design, recommended by Arabella Lennox-Boyd
Trees are the backbone of any garden, says award-winning garden designer, Arabella Lennox-Boyd. She recommends some great books to get you thinking about garden design.
The best books on Gardening, recommended by Helen Dillon
Gardening expert Helen Dillon recommends five books that have influenced her, from 300-year old gardening tips to the difficulty of describing flowers
The best books on Gardening, recommended by Gregory Long
The President Emeritus of The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York tells us about the books that all aspiring gardeners should have on their bookshelves, from reference works to the most fun guide to making the best of your garden
The best books on Garden Photography, recommended by Andrew Lawson
One of the world’s leading garden photographers talks us through the many different styles employed in his field
The best books on Horticulture, recommended by Andrea Wulf
The respected horticulturalist says if you plant an oak tree you know you’re never going to see it grow into maturity, but in planting it you are asserting your belief in the future and in future generations.
The best books on Plants, recommended by Jonathan Silvertown
Internationally known ecologist says plants are grievously overlooked, because no life on earth would exist without them – essential reading on plants
The best books on Plants and Plant Hunting, recommended by Kenneth Cox
The author, plantsman and rhododendron expert selects his favourite books on botanical exploration and explains his passion for plant hunting
The best books on Horticultural Inspiration, recommended by Penelope Hobhouse
Historian of garden design Penelope Hobhouse says creating a garden is not about pulling out weeds – it’s about fulfilling man’s need for organisation and security
The best books on Guerrilla Gardening, recommended by Richard Reynolds
Discussion of the lesser-known subject of guerilla gardening – the illicit cultivation of someone else’s land. A fascinating and historical topic, and eclectic book selections include a history of Google