Michael McCoy is garden designer, author, broadcaster, speaker and obsessive home gardener. In this excellent new book he shares the secret to understanding what makes a good garden, and shows you how to plan and create your own.
Michael's approach is a completely holistic one: to build a wonderful garden you need to understand the role each plant type plays, how to use them in your design to their best advantage, and how to care for and maintain them. Michael teases out the anatomy of gardens to discover how these plant types can first define appealing spaces, and then decorate those spaces.
He shows you how to harness the structural power of trees and shrubs to deliberately shape a deeply satisfying outdoor space - defining the boundaries of your garden, dividing the space within those boundaries, or even suggesting a skyline or roofline. He also explains how to use bulbs, herbaceous perennials and annuals to decorate these spaces with glorious flowers and colour.
Practical and easy to read, but also beautifully designed and photographed, The Gardenist features inspiring images of gardens from both Australia and overseas. It will make you think about your garden differently, and will empower you to create an irresistible outdoor space that is great to look at and very rewarding to be in.