The Virgin Gardener: Designing and Making a New Garden by Paul Thompson
In this volume Paul Thompson seeks to bring inspiration and confidence to the task of creating a new garden, and to banish the fear and uncertainty many amateur gardeners feel. The book presents a visual directory of gardens and garden elements in a range of styles to help you choose what is right for you. Then, gently taking you through the design process, Paul Thompson encourages you to visualize how the chosen design will actually look. He shows how, by taking photographs and easy-to-do sketches, even beginners can look at their own gardens and then see and plan exactly the new garden they want. He goes on to explain the practicalities of creating and maintaining the garden, and provides an illustrated directory of easy-to-grow plants. The book emphasizes trusting your instincts and developing your own style.