CSIRO Publishing, March 2011. 280 pages, Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.
A practical, fresh look at garden-worthy plants for Australian conditions. This book takes a fresh look at garden-worthy plants for Australian conditions. It will help gardeners to reappraise their climate, select appropriate plants and modify gardening practices to create beautiful gardens featuring native and exotic plants with proven drought tolerance, reliability and minimal weed potential. This book shows how heat, cold, water availability, rainfall patterns, length of growing season, evaporation rate and humidity influence plant growth in Australia, from the wet sub-tropics to the temperate climate of southern Australia. It also discusses the influence of microclimates within a garden: dry sun, dry shade, moist sun, moist shade, seaside conditions, exposed sites, urban situations and root competition from Eucalyptus and Allelopaths. The main focus of the book is the plant index, which contains notes on hundreds of plant varieties and how they function in the garden.
Simon Rickard is a passionate gardener and plantsman. He is best known as the former head gardener of the Digger’s Club, in which role he oversaw two of Australia’s best-known public gardens, Heronswood and the Garden of St Erth, until 2009. More recently Simon has been a kitchen gardener, growing bespoke produce for Annie Smithers’ Bistrot in Kyneton, Victoria. Simon is a botanical guide for Botanica World Discoveries, helping to bring alive the world’s most beautiful and influential gardens for Australian gardeners abroad. Simon has lectured and held masterclasses for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, the University of Melbourne and many local horticultural societies. As a garden writer he has contributed to Your Garden and ABC Organic Gardener magazines and The Digger’s Club notes. He has made several appearances on gardening radio and television, most notably on ABC television’s much-loved Gardening Australia.