‘Traditional Gardens’ by Roger Platts

 

**Short-listed for ‘Practical Book of the Year’ at the Writer’s Guild Awards**.

Where to start? When designing a garden, whether from scratch or working with an established garden, it is necessary to prioritise requirements. These are dictated usually by location, budget and practical considerations such as purpose: ‘what is the garden to be used for?’

In his book Roger offers extensive advice on planning a traditional garden, from the importance of a strong supporting structure to the plant combinations you should use to fill out your luscious haven. He also proposes comprehensive improvements to existing gardens that may be tweaked to great effect, offering ways to keep design simple and cost-effective.