Planting Companions

This is a good book about plants and their combinations in the garden, which I go back to many times for inspiration and ideas.

Planting Companions

Jill Billington, photographs by Clive Nichols

When I first bought Planting Companions I thought it might end up being be one of my pretty pictures books - dreamy English border photos, with the text worth maybe a cursory glance.

I was so wrong. I've read and re-read the text, and am always finding new treasures hidden in the photos. This is a book which inspires action and gives confidence.

This book claims correctly to show 'winning plant combinations for every garden'. The pictures of the garden borders are really stunning.

 A recommended read.
Planting Companions

There are two tests for me of a good garden book:

Firstly I need to be convinced that I could achieve exactly that look, that result, in my very own garden space - using gardening intelligence and initiative, not money.

Secondly, the next time I read the book I need to be excited and inspired - just like the first read - and find new things that I missed the first time.

Planting Companions passes my gardening book test with flying floral colours!