Gardening Blooms | Wyatt’s World

In April, scores of readers will head to the local plant store. Get them into the library, too, with books about gardening, from lush dwellings worth dreaming over to utilitarian plans for building flourishing spaces of their own.

  • Practical Houseplant Book by Zia Allaway & Fran Bailey (DK).
    Some gardeners have no outdoor space and must rely on indoor plantings to satisfy their green thumbs. With the DK’s trademark mix of images, captions, and clear text, this guide walks readers through selecting, caring for, and displaying a variety of flowers and trees in unique and fulfilling ways.
  • Brilliant & Wild: A Garden from Scratch in a Year by Lucy Bellamy; photos by Jason Ingram (Pimpernel, Jun.).
    Once the gardening bug bites, newbies often want plants to thrive in a hurry. Bellamy caters to such a desire, with guidance for a robust garden in as little as a year—using perennials that bloom brilliantly and require little maintenance.
  • Walled Gardens by Jules Hudson (National Trust, Jun.).
    This richly illustrated volume surveys English and Welsh gardens of a particular type—those crafted by famous gardeners or landowners, historic or culturally significant spaces, and others that are just simply lovely. Titles such as these provide escape and inspiration.
  • Selina Lake: Garden Style; Inspirational Styling for Your Outside Space by Selina Lake; photos by Rachel Whiting (Ryland Peters & Small).
    Hardscape design is an important part of gardening today, as the placement of a bench, position of a statue, or location of a birdbath is given as much creative attention as the plants themselves. Lake provides expert advice on everything from nursery rooms to greenhouses and much more.
  • The Flower-Powered Garden: Supercharge Your Borders and Containers with Bold, Colourful Plant Combinations by Andy Vernon (Timber).
    Presenting a careful balance of form, size, and plant-growth habits, Vernon further stresses color in the landscape. Through a riot of palettes, the author delivers an array of decorating ideas and a giddy spree of plant choices.
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at

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