I think we've all been spending as much time as possible outdoors over the last few months and the weather is finally catching up with our need to be out of the house. Even some of us who aren't usually inclined to garden are getting out in the dirt to enjoy the sun on our faces and the satisfaction of creating visible, beautiful, change.
Below you'll find a handful of new books for gardening inspiration, DIY guidance, and creative new ideas for those of you who already have gorgeous blooms at the ready.
This book is great for first-time gardeners or those who already have some experience. Monty Don uses an organic approach to growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs, and includes valuable information on soil and natural pest repellents. The Complete Gardener also covers a number of other projects including paths, fences, and hedges—Don even shows you how to create and maintain beautiful topiaries. Lots of inspiration and the tools to get your project off the ground.
Now, this book is just straight-up fun, creative, and very cool. Author Susan McLeary is a floral stylist and in her book she shows readers how to make 40 different wearable floral accessories including rings, necklaces, headpieces, and more. Each project has step-by-step instructions and photographs, techniques and plant care tips. McLeary uses succulents, feathery ferns, and a wide range of flowers to make her eye-catching pieces and the book itself is something of a show-stopper. An explosion of creativity and style.
Author Matt Mattus is about as hands-on as they come. The creator of the popular blog, Growing with Plants, Mattus has personally grown every one of the flowers and flowering shrubs included in this book. Mattus covers annuals and biennials, growing from seeds or bulbs, and even flowering vines. Highly comprehensive, with both common and heirloom varietals, and filled with lush color photographs. This is the book to help you grow gorgeous blooms all year round.
For anyone who loves flowers, this is a must-have. Author Erin Benzakein is a highly acclaimed floral designer and flower farmer who shares her knowledge and creativity so that anyone can create beautiful flower arrangements at home. Floret's Farm A Year in Flowers includes an A to Z flower guide, vibrant photographs and all the instructions and tips you need to create incredible seasonal bouquets and more. I've had success making arrangements from her last book, Floret's Farm Cut Flower Garden, and am excited to try this one.
The 80 recipes in Garden Alchemy cover everything from DIY soil testing to making your own liquid fertilizer. For beginners, Rose shows you how to test your soil and use organic ingredients to promote optimal growth and health of your plants. Seasoned gardeners can learn how to make their own specialty potting soils, and even homemade seed bombs. Straightforward instructions, charts, and helpful photographs make this an easy-to-use guide to organic gardening.
Learn how to create gorgeous gardens, wearable flower art, and more in these new books.