Real Gardening  
Real Gardening is written for the enthusiastic gardener keen to master the art of planting. A companionable voice, with one clear line of thought, taste and judgement, Stephen Lacey talks us through, with logical progression, the whole process of transforming a plot into a series of stunning seasonal pictures. Exciting new approaches to planting have sprung up in recent years. Instead of formal, high maintenance borders, interest has shifted towards simpler plants and looser, more naturalistic ways of growing them. Stephen Lacey shows how to tap into this style and combine it with a strong design and theatrical flourishes to create a garden that is beautiful, action-packed, manageable and contemporary.

“The Art of Planting chapter: I like it a lot…..thoughts tumble out in a great cataract….I am amazed at the breadth of the outlook….Beth Chatto, who has been here, also had a good look at the book and thought highly of it.” Christopher Lloyd, pers. comm.

“Fascinating examples of good practice…the book’s overriding effect is of useful information effortlessly offered.” Stephen Anderton, Country Life.

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