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There is no Excuse for Ugliness: Falling in Love with our Best Plants and GardensArtist/Author: Blazey, Clive
A book dedicated to wooing gardeners back to the flower garden, written for Australian conditions and explains how to choose beautiful plants that won’t disappoint. How to select and combine the best plants to create colour-themed flower gardens for you to enjoy. Learn the basics for gardening success; from soil and composting to plant nutrition and life-cycles – feed the soil not the plant.
Waterwise Plants and GardeningArtist/Author: Walsh, Kevin
Creating a colourful and interesting garden that is also waterwise is easy with this comprehensive guide. This book sets out the six easy-to-use principles that will allow you to create a beautiful garden that not only uses water wisely, but also creates a resilient, sustainable and low maintenance environment. Waterwise Plants and Gardening also describes 400 of the best dry-tolerant plants, from large trees to small bulbs, and includes groundcovers, climbers, shrubs and perennials. Every plant is illustrated with a colour photograph, along with a full description and notes on growing conditions and maintenance. There are also lists to help you pick the right waterwise plant for the situation. Combining Australia’s longest selling book on waterwise gardening with the author’s follow up on waterwise plants, this revised and updated edition uses symbols, full colour photographs and easy-to-follow diagrams to create the complete guide to waterwise gardening for Australian conditions. Kevin Walsh is a horticulturist, garden designer and writer.
Grand Melbourne GardensArtist/Author: Wilkinson, David, Kimbal Baker
Gardens have always occupied a special place in Melbourne’s communal heart. We are known for our vast, meandering Botanic Gardens and our generous green city spaces. We are also known for our tree-lined streets, which give tantalising glimpses of beautiful houses behind high fences. This book takes us behind these fences and into the very heart of these oh-so-private gardens.
Every garden in this book has its own atmosphere and soul – largely reflecting the passions of the person who has created or maintains it. There are vegetable gardens, clivia walks, ancient English oak trees, rose gardens, rambling exotic courtyards, city rooftop wonderlands and bold stepped garden beds. Many of these gardeners and homeowners see themselves merely as the custodians of these treasured spaces, as they generously share their gardening experiences with the reader.
Perth Plants: A Field Guide to the Bushland and Coastal Flora of Kings Park and Bold Park (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Barrett, Russell, Eng Pin Tay
A comprehensive photographic guide to 778 species of plants found in Kings Park and Bold Park.
The city of Perth is well known and treasured for its areas of protected bushland in the heart of the city. Kings Park and Bold Park represent a significant part of the natural heritage of the Swan Coastal Plain and are an important part of city life. The city is also a gateway to the incredible biodiversity to be found in south-west Western Australia.
Perth Plants provides a comprehensive photographic guide to all plants known to occur in the bushlands of Kings Park and Bold Park, both native plants and naturalised weeds. There are 778 species included, representing approximately one-quarter of all the plants in the greater Perth region, and one-tenth of all species known for the south-west of Western Australia.
This new edition contains 22 additional species and updated photography throughout. It is an essential reference for anyone interested in the plants of south-west Western Australia, and particularly the Swan Coastal Plain.
Discovering Australian FloraArtist/Author: Karouta-Manasse, Fanny
Australia’s complex, beautiful and diverse flora is showcased in stunning botanic gardens across the continent. Through exquisite colour photographs taken at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG), Fanny Karouta-Manasse celebrates the minute and intriguing details of these plants. Discovering Australian Flora explains how plants are displayed in the ANBG according to themes and provides clear and simple geographical, historical and botanical information. It also describes the unique features of Australian flora, including their reliance on fire and ability to survive in poor soil, and looks in detail at the two dominant genera in the Australian landscape – Eucalyptus and Acacia. This fresh and intimate view of some of Australia’s native flora will serve not only as a companion to visitors to the ANBG but will also allow others to explore the wonders of Australia’s botanical treasures.
Discovering Australian Flora will appeal to both local and overseas readers wishing to become more familiar with Australian native flora. The striking photographs will appeal to anyone with an appreciation and passion for nature’s beauty.
Pests, Diseases, Ailments and Allies of Australian Native PlantsArtist/Author: Jones, David L., W.,Rodger Elliot, Sandra R. Jones and Trevor L. Blake
Amateur and professional gardeners, horticulturists, commercial nurseries and students will find this book invaluable. Pests, Diseases and Ailments of Australian Plants is an authoritative reference on pests, diseases and nutritional disorders of Australian plants, with the authors being acknowledged experts in this field. This book describes over 300 introduced and native pests and diseases. To find out what pest or disease is causing a problem, simply check the chart for symptoms. Each symptom is cross-referenced to the text, with colour photographs and detailed line drawings of pests, insect life cycles and damage symptoms on plants to help identify your problem. All common and uncommon problems suffered by Australian plants are covered in this book, with each pest being listed with its physical description, regional occurrence, host plants,habits and control methods. The emphasis is on natural rather than chemical control so that your plants and garden benefit from minimal ecological interference.
Native: Art and Design with Australian PlantsArtist/Author: Herd, Kate and Jela Ivankovic-Waters
2018 Indie Book Awards Illustrated Non-fiction Book of the Year
Australia has long been known as home to the towering gum and the gnarly banksia. Australian natives are as emblematic as they are adaptable but Native takes an old subject (Australian natives) and gives it a complete makeover. This book surveys the ways native trees, shrubs, flowers and foliage can be put to surprising and beautiful uses by some of the most creative people working with plants today.
Interviews with celebrated landscape designers, artists and gardeners – including Fiona Brockhoff, Janet Laurence and Tracey Deep – bring to light so many ways to celebrate the sculptural natives that shape our everyday spaces.
This richly illustrated book is the ideal source when seeking the perfect feature plant for a space of any size. With stunning photography of gardens old and new, this book captures the most creatively inspiring Australian plants and the people who work with them.
Starting out with PalmsArtist/Author: Jones, David L.
This is a great introduction to palms and their cultivation – especially palms suitable for home gardens and containers.
Palms, an amazing group of plants, attract a dedicated following of enthusiasts. This book is a great introduction to palms and their cultivation – especially palms suitable for home gardens and containers. Chapters include: How Palms Grow; Landscaping with Palms and How to Grow and Maintain Palms.
Building Natural Ponds: Create a Clean, Algae-free Pond without Pumps, Filters, or ChemicalsArtist/Author: Pavlis, Robert
Typical backyard ponds are a complicated mess of pipes, pumps, filters, and nasty chemicals designed to adjust pH and keep algae at bay. Hardly the bucolic, natural ecosystem beloved by dragonflies, frogs, and songbirds. The antidote is a natural pond, free of hassle, cost, and complexity and designed as a fully functional ecosystem, ideal for biodiversity, swimming, irrigation, and quiet contemplation.
Building Natural Ponds is the first step-by-step guide to designing and building natural ponds that use no pumps, filters, chemicals, or electricity and mimic native ponds in both aesthetics and functionality. Highly illustrated with how-to drawings and photographs, coverage includes:
• Understanding pond ecosystems and natural algae control
• Planning, design, siting, and pond aesthetics
• Step-by-step guidance for construction, plants and fish, and maintenance and trouble shooting
• Scaling up to large ponds, pools, bogs, and rain gardens.
Whether you’re a backyard gardener looking to add a small serene natural water feature or a homesteader with visions of a large pond for fish, swimming, and irrigation, Building Natural Ponds is the complete guide to building ponds in tune with nature, where plants, insects, and amphibians thrive in blissful serenity.
Vertical GardensArtist/Author: Clapp, Leigh & Hattie Klotz
Do you have limited space but love the idea of a lush green garden on your balcony, your rooftop or your courtyard? Vertical Gardens are the ideal low maintenance, space-saving, water-smart solution! Vertical gardening is a fun, creative way to grow plants. All you need is a blank wall, a bare fence or an area that needs a green and flowering element to pretty it up and turn your bare spaces into gorgeous living walls. Follow the step by step instructions on how to create and customise your vertical garden to suit your own personal environment or need. Why not grow fresh herbs, or display annuals, even perennials, within your vertical garden. Vertical gardens are perfect for compact living spaces such as balcony gardens, rooftops, outdoor BBQ or dining areas, and courtyards. They also make great privacy screens in high density living environments, they’re low to maintain, with water saving methods, Being practical, the leafy surrounds of the vertical garden can create a cooling and shade-enhancing effect to unsheltered balconies and help reduce heat in summer.
The Wondrous World of WeedsArtist/Author: Collins, Pat
What in the world is a weed? The dictionary will tell you it is a plant out of place. In The Wonderous World of Weeds you will discover that the perceived weeds that
grow around us hold special significance and wonderful medicinal values.
This comprehensive and practical guide features 100 common world-wide wees and more than 300 close-up images to help identify weeds as well as a full description, list of common names, environmental impact, uses and medicinal value for each plant. It covers a full range of weeds from those annoying plants that pop up in the garden to majestic trees.
We have plants growing all around us that have so much culinary and holistic potential and can be used as teas, decoctions, poultices, compresses, ointments, creams along with syrups and lozenges. Their medicinal uses can help relieve itches, get rid of cold sores, or help with coughs and colds, etc. Not many people realise that are plants growing all around us that we don’t realise have so much potential.
Weeds also have culinary uses and there are recipes included. They are also good companions in the garden for vegetables, fruit trees, and flowers, and can tell you about the quality of your soil. For example, weeds are good indicators of an acid soil; soil lacking in humus or high in nitrogen; etc.
Secret GardensArtist/Author: Cantwell, Matthew
From pint-sized gardens to rambling grounds, Secret Gardens is a visual feast of contemporary residential landscaping, offering a rich resource of inspiration to readers, regardless of the size of their own patch of potential paradise. This book tells a story in pictures, with luscious photography of 24 of Secret Gardens’ favourite projects. Each garden is accompanied by descriptions in which Secret Gardens director Matthew Cantwell tells the story of each project, explains how their dramatic transformation was achieved and reveals a few tricks of the trade in the process. The gardens are grouped into three sections, based on the size of each project: Compact, Room to Move, and Free Reign.
About the Author: Matthew Cantwell is a multi-award winning garden designer, considered within the industry to be one of Australia’s best. Qualifications Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Landscaping) Winner of many design awards from AILDM (Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers) including 3 times winner of The Alan Correy Award. Other awards from LNA for construction and horticulture.