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Spring & Summer Reading | Gardens

With spring in full swing now I thought I would share some gardening book selections with you, maybe you want to use them for this spring's plantings or perhaps you will want to read up on them this spring and summer to gather ideas for next spring. I've been doing a lot of dreaming about gardens and yard schemes in my mind lately for our country house and I'm sure that there are many others out there doing the same. Whether it be for a new home or a current home or just dreaming about a "some day" project, if you enjoy beautiful flowers, sprawling trees, meandering paths, growing your own bounty, and hedges spilling over with leafy beauties, you'll likely love these books too. Our big dream/plan is to over time (years) slowly layer in outdoor spaces, planting a large fenced in garden space, having an orchard of many fruits and edging the entire land with rows of greenery. I'm looking forward to gaining some inspiration and information on what to plant but also how to create and nurture a seasonally beautiful and functional space. One that feels natural, not too sculpted or pruned.

I'm going to start off the list with this brand new book set to come out in September about Bunny Mellon's gardens. I'm incredibly excited about this book, I have pre-ordered mine along with the next book listed below and I'm looking forward to settling in with them soon! Bunny is a legendary style icon of her era and beyond, her earthy, natural approach to gardening is one I adore. I'm currenty reading the book "Bunny Mellon, The Life of an American Style Legend" (a Christmas gift form my parents) and I am now hooked, it's a great book and if you are interested in learning more about Bunny's life and her work I highly recommend it.

I'm anticipating the arrival of this book in the mail soon, another amazing one I can imagine of all of Bunny's gorgeous garden masterpieces.

I own this book and it is an AMAZING resource if you are looking to plant and grow your own vegetable garden.

Also own this one, an amazing resource if you wish to grow herbs-we plan to grow lots once we move to the country, we love to cook with them and found drying our fresh ones that we grew last year at the end of the summer a great way to enjoy them throughout the year.

Who doesn't love a great English garden, let's be honest, England is home to some incredibly stunning plots filled with lush plants, trees and flowers.

While we have never been to the Cotswolds, I have pored over the many picturesque photos of many Instagram and blog accounts and it looks just dreamy, I'm sure this book is of equal merit when it comes to gardens of the area.

This one is on my whish list.

Here is the snippet from Amazon-I love it, it sounds like it's full of great tips.


"Brandywine Cottage is David Culp's beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering—interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.


The Layered Garden shows you how to recreate Culp's majestic display. It starts with a basic lesson in layering—how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and how to maintain it. To illustrate how layering works, Culp takes you on a personal tour through each part of his celebrated garden: the woodland garden, the perennial border, the kitchen garden, the shrubbery, and the walled garden. The book culminates with a chapter dedicated to signature plants for all four seasons."


And another one on my wish list as well. The same author as the book listed above, this book breaks down the gardening seasons at Brandywine Cottage and provides insight and tips on grounds keeping (as well as glimpses of what looks like phenomenal property Brandywine Cottage which David owns). Brandywine Cottage has been featured in magazines including numerous times in Martha Stewart Living.



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