We've compiled the newest gardening books that caught our eye, as well as our favorite resources that will help you solve a problem, design your garden or grow delicious food. Happy reading!

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Nature into Art - buy now on Amazon

The Gardens of Wave Hill

Embracing not only classic, but also daring and innovative designs, Wave Hill is a world-renowned 28-acre pubic garden in the Bronx, New York. Explore the beauty of the plants, flowers, and design with photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo along with author's Thomas Christopher insights as you tour the iconic garden overlooking the Hudson River.

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Gardentopia - buy now on Amazon

Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

Landscape and garden expert Jan Johnsen provides inspiration and instruction with over 100 unique techniques to transform humble gardens and yards into magical outdoor spaces. Her tips are illustrated, specific and easily applied. She suggests simple changes and design strategies that can have big impact, such as accenting curves and cascading trimming techniques. Over 100 color photos bring her book to life and help you see just what is possible in your own yard or garden.

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Deer-Resistant Design - buy now on Amazon

Fence-Free Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer

If you have the common problem of deer eating your plants, this book has the answers you've been looking for! Karen Chapman explores intentional garden design solutions and plants to use (there are zones listed, so you know they'll work in your garden!), all while showcasing beautiful gardens across the country—each with its own story of trouble and triumph.

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The Gardens of Mackinac Island - buy now from Proven Winners

Autographed and Personalized Edition

If you haven't been able to attend the Grand Garden Show, this book will whisk you away-and inspire you to attend! Who better than Jack Barnwell (Mackinac's premier landscape architect) to share nearly 100 public and private, humble and grand gardens of the island, along with interwoven narratives, poetry, history, and horticulture.

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How to Make a Plant Love You - buy now on Amazon

Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart

Take a step inside the world of plants with houseplant expert and environmentalist Summer Rayne Oakes and learn how nurturing plants can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve our overall health and well-being.

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A Way to Garden - buy now on Amazon

A Hands-On Primer for Every Season

A practical guide filled with decades of knowledge on seasonal gardening, ornamental and vegetable plants, wildlife gardening, organic practices and more, from Margaret Roach. Learn what she calls "horticultural how-to and garden woo-woo" — her unique combination of practical information and garden intuition. A true must-have for passionate gardeners.

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The Proven Winners Garden Book - buy now from Proven Winners

Simple Plans, Picture-Perfect Plants, and Expert Advice for Creating a Gorgeous Garden

Expert plant knowledge and creative design ideas from America’s #1 plant brand. The Proven Winners Garden Book contains simple garden plans to add curb appeal to your home, including a welcoming entryway, pollinator garden, flower garden, shady summertime retreat and deer-resistant garden. Not sure what plants work together in a container? You’ll also get 25 recipes to add color to your patio, porch or balcony. The authors also share lessons on garden prep, design choices, and how to buy the right plants.

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Plant Parenting - buy now on Amazon

Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers

Horticulture expert Leslie F. Halleck shares ways how you can easily propagate your plants through cuttings, layering, dividing, and more. In this book you'll get beginner-friendly tips and techniques to aid in your passion for houseplants, growing your food, flower gardens, and more.

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The Art of Outdoor Living - buy now on Amazon

Gardens for Entertaining Family and Friends

If you’ve seen Shrader’s design work, you know he has a talent for extending the indoors outside to create stylish and enjoyable outdoor spaces. In his first book, he shares twelve beautiful properties and shows how to connect the landscape with a livable ease that is not only for entertaining, but for relaxing as well. Photography is captured by Lisa Romerein.

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Decorating with Plants - buy now on Amazon

What to Choose, Ways to Style, and How to Make Them Thrive

A houseplant instantly adds life, style, and color to your home, but may seem overwhelming as to where to start. This book will help you with plant care and selection tips, along with design insights so even if your space is small, you’ll still have big style!

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Patina Living - buy now on Amazon

You are going to fall in love with Patina Farm! This book takes an intimate look at the farm the Giannetties built, why they built it, and how they realized there is not only one way to live. There’s gardens, sheds, outbuildings, sheep, donkeys, dogs, chickens-and goats, don’t forget the goats!

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Deer-Resistant Design - buy now on Amazon

Fence-Free Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer

If you have the common problem of deer eating your plants, this book has the answers you've been looking for! Karen Chapman explores intentional garden design solutions and plants to use (there are zones listed, so you know they'll work in your garden!), all while showcasing beautiful gardens across the country—each with it's own story of trouble and triumph.

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50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants - buy now on Amazon

The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don't Eat

Are deer demolishing your garden? Learn how you can take action without hurting the deer, using chemicals, or adding fencing. Ruth Rogers Clausen has compiled a list of 50 of the best plants that deer just won’t eat, including annuals and perennials, shrubs, ferns, bulbs, grasses, and herbs. For each plant, Clausen offers growing advice and even design tips.

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Gardening Under Lights - buy now on Amazon

The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers

Gardeners continue to find creative ways to bring green indoors, as exemplified by Leslie Halleck’s book Gardening Under Lights. Halleck fully equips readers with the information necessary to grow a variety of plants indoors. Not only does she cover the critical aspects of growing-lighting, pests, care, and more—readers will be pleased to find that Halleck also has a passion for making sure it all looks fantastic, too: “Growing plants and food indoors doesn’t have to be utilitarian; it can be a beautiful practice that blends into our living space and lifestyles,” she notes.

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The New Shade Garden - buy now on Amazon

Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change

Not only does Ken Druse offer advice on making a shady spot in your garden beautiful, he addresses some common problems gardeners face such as watering with limited resources and planting in our changing climate. Druse guides readers through the whole process: designing, preparing the soil for planting, pruning, and more.

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Making the Most of Shade - buy now on Amazon

How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens up the Shadows

Find out how to create a lush garden that will thrive in the shade. In the first part of this book, readers will learn the nuts and bolts of shade gardening. The second part features nearly 300 shade-loving plants, including perennials, annuals, bulbs, ferns, ornamental grasses, and climbers.

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Starting & Saving Seeds - buy now on Amazon

Grow the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Flowers for Your Garden

Whether you’re just getting into gardening or you’re a gardening pro, Starting & Saving Seeds will guide you through the process of saving your own seeds and helping them flourish into strong, healthy, happy plants.

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Fine Foliage — buy now on Amazon

Elegant Plant Combinations for Garden and Container

Authors Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz share more than 60 examples of plant combinations for the home garden in this helpful book. For each combo, there's a "Why This Works" section along with a "Meet The Players" section showing each plant with highlights. Zones, site requirements, soil, and seasonal interest all are included to ensure from beginner to expert, your garden will be thriving!

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Hot Color, Dry Garden — buy now on Amazon

Inspiring Designs and Vibrant Plants for the Waterwise Gardener

Dry definitely doesn't have to mean drab or boring. Garden designer Nan Sterman will help you bring bright color to a low-water garden. You'll get introduced to 150 colorful, drought-tolerant plants, dozens of design ideas, and dry garden how-tos..

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Movement and Meaning — buy now on Amazon

The Landscapes of Hoerr Schaudt

Explore 45 public, private, and cultural projects designed by award-winning innovators in landscape architecture, Hoerr Schaudt. Readers will gain an understanding of both the art and science that goes into landscape design. Their plant-driven designs will inspire professionals and home gardeners alike.

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The Well-Tended Perennial Garden — buy now on Amazon

The Essential Guide to Planning and Pruning Techniques

A valuable guide to planning, planting, and maintaining beautiful perennials that includes an A-Z encyclopedia of perennials and over 30 plant lists that break down choices for different needs and garden conditions. There's even a planting and maintenance schedule to keep you on track all year.

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Heaven is a Garden - buy now on Amazon

Designing Serene Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection

Have you ever stepped into a garden and immediately felt a sense of calm wash over you? In Heaven is a Garden, landscape designer Jan Johnsen explains the elements that create that sensation—from a chart that details the impact colors have on our psyches to explaining why trickling water gives us energy. Johnsen makes sense of the mysteries of a tranquil garden, inspiring us to create our own serene escapes.

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The Right-Size Flower Garden - buy now on Amazon

Simplify Your Outdoor Space with Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices

Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the task of maintaining your garden? Gardener, writer, and teacher Kerry Ann Mendez provides simple changes you can make that will help you make smarter use of the space you have, and make gardening feel more enjoyable and less like a daunting chore.

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Gardenlust - buy now on Amazon

A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens

Get inspired by Gardenlust, a book that showcases 50 beautiful modern gardens around the world. Guiding readers through each garden is the author-plant guru, and renowned garden designer Christopher Woods whose background makes him the ideal garden guide: former director and chief designer at Chanticleer, vice president for horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, director of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, executive director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, and director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm. One reader gushes that “it could be awarded 5 stars just for the photography alone.”

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The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens
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Learn how the gardens of the past have influenced garden design today by exploring 100 of the most influential gardens in the world. Lecturer, teacher, and gardener Linda A. Chisholm, who teaches the history of landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden takes readers on this enchanting tour.

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Power of Gardens - buy now on Amazon

Santa Monica-based Nancy Goslee Power is an award-winning garden designer who has built numerous public and private gardens in California, the East Coast, Australia, and Europe. This book highlights some of her designs and even includes an extensive list of some of her favorite trees and plants.

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Gardens Are For People - buy now on Amazon

This is a must-read for any gardener. In Gardens are For People, revered garden designer Thomas D. Church shares his gardening philosophies and imparts his extensive knowledge upon readers. Readers will certainly benefit from learning the four principles of his design process: unity, function, simplicity, and scale.

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The American Meadow Garden - buy now on Amazon

Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn

In The American Meadow Garden, John Greenlee teachers us how to incorporate natural grassland ecological and design principles into home landscapes. Greenlee describes meadows, or grass ecologies, in their broadest sense as the grassy openings in landscapes with trees—“the relief of a sunny opening after the dark drama of trees.” He rhapsodizes on their beauty: “Alive with rhythmic movement, catching both wind and light.” And he touts their sustainability: “Meadows require less maintenance and consume significantly less resources than lawn or border.”

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Planting in a Post-Wild World - buy now on Amazon

Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Planting in a Post-Wild World calls on us to incorporate plants that are both reflective of our natural surroundings and can flourish in our built world. Thomas Rainer, a landscape architect, teacher, and writer; and Claudia West, with a background in horticulture, ecology, and environmental restoration, provide excellent guidance for anyone looking to bridge the gap between nature and their own garden.

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Dahlias - buy now on Amazon

Beautiful Varieties for Home & Garden

Undeniably one of the most fabulous cutting flowers to grow at home—dahlias bloom late summer and into autumn when many other plants are done for the season. Well-known garden journalist Naomi Slade teams up with premier garden photographer Georgianna Lane, to bring you this beautiful book that will answer your questions about how to grow amazing dahlias. Get hands-on knowledge on growing and overwintering these tropical plants. Discover stunning specimens that bloom with flowers that range from tiny pompoms to dinner plate size.

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Peony - buy now on Amazon

The Best Varieties for Your Garden

Are you interested in growing your own peonies but don’t know where to start? Learn from peony experts David C. Michener and Carol A. Adelman. In addition to providing the basics about peonies (the history, the types available, etc.), they share growing information for 194 of the best varieties.

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Grow What You Love - buy now on Amazon

12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life

Creator of the celebrated blog, Pass the Pistil, Emily Murphy shows how easy it is to grow your favorite produce. She shares how to fit gardening into modern life with little time or effort, as well as some of her favorite seasonal recipes.

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Groundbreaking Food Gardens - buy now on Amazon

73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden

This beautifully illustrated and fun-to-read book guides gardeners in creating imaginative, beautiful food gardens. You’ll get a variety of ideas that range from creating an edible garden that incorporates free-range chickens to designing a garden focused on growing chiles. You’ll also get a plethora of tips, including how to garden on patios and other small spaces and how to keep critters away from your food.

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Growing Beautiful Food - buy now on Amazon

A Gardener's Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruit

Author Matthew Benson lives on Stonegate Farm in New York. The farm functions as a CSA, but its purpose is to get more people growing their own food. “I’m always delighted when CSA customers apologize for not renewing their memberships because they’ve decided to grow their own gardens,” Benson told Garden Design. “That means they want to bring the beauty they see at the farm back to their own garden. When that happens I feel like I’ve done my work.” In his book, Benson inspires us to eat better, be healthier, and live more sustainably by growing our own delicious food.

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The Complete Kitchen Garden - buy now on Amazon

An Inspired Collection of Garden Designs and 100 Seasonal Recipes

In her book, author and gardener Ellen Ecker Ogden fills us in on the basics of getting started with a kitchen garden, provides planting plans for kitchen gardens, and shares more than 100 recipes. If you’ve been on the fence about trying your hand at kitchen gardening, there’s no time like the present. As Ogden told Garden Design, “At a time when we are losing the genetic diversity of our food crops at an alarming rate, it’s vital we understand what we eat, grow it ourselves, know how to cook with it and preserve it, and then repeat the cycle.”

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The High Line - buy now on Amazon

In 2001, the Highline was on its way to being demolished. It was once an elevated stretch of freight railway that serviced the West Side of Manhattan but was abandoned when manufacturing businesses left the area and the last train ran on its overgrown tracks in 1980. Thanks to two local residents, Friends of the High Line was established. Fast-forward to the present: The High Line is now a beautiful, beloved attraction. This book shares how the project came to fruition, and gives the inside scoop on the planting design by Piet Oudolf, James Corner Field Operations, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

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Hummelo - buy now on Amazon

A Journey Through a Plantsman's Life

World-renowned landscape designer Piet Oudolf has designed some of the most admired gardens in the world, including the High Line in New York, the Lurie Garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park, and Hauser and Wirth in the UK. Hummelo is the story of the evolution of Oudolf’s personal garden, Hummelo, in the Netherlands. Readers will gain insights into Oudolf’s planting philosophies and techniques, allowing them to learn from the leader of garden design’s New Perennial movement.

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The Gardens of Bunny Mellon - buy now on Amazon

The late Rachel “Bunny” Mellon designed some of the most renowned gardens in the world, including the Rose Garden and the East Garden at the White House (at the request of President Kennedy) and the gardens at the home and chateau of Hubert de Givenchy. Along with photography of the gardens Mellon designed, The Gardens of Bunny Mellon includes Mellon’s garden plans, sketches, and watercolors, as well as archival photographs. The text is based on extensive interviews author Linda Holden held with Mellon before her death.

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Honeybee Hotel - buy now on Amazon

The Waldorf Astoria's Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC

Honeybee Hotel tells how chef David Garcelon spearheaded the restoration of the rooftop at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, creating home to some 300,000 honeybees that provide unique flavor to his restaurant. The book details how the rooftop apiary came about, explains how a community was formed around the bees, and shows us that nature can thrive—even in urban environments.

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