One of the great gardeners of our time shares the story of a horticultural victory.
"How on earth did you do it?" visitors ask Beth Chatto--for in creating her gravel garden, she surpassed even her own renowned mastery of unpromising sites. It was the ultimate challenge: to create a decorative garden on three-quarters of an acre of poor, heavily compacted, gravely soil with no watering, even in times of drought. That her plants survived such cruel conditions and blossomed into a garden of such beauty offers fascinating hands-on lessons. Here are thousands of tips on applying her principles, on the poorest of soil in areas with the sparsest rainfall. Chatto's always witty and engaging voice chronicles her voyage of discovery in this delightfully inspiring must-have for any and every gardener.
Beth Chattos' book really inspires creating my own gravel garden. The book shows wonderfull pics of her garden and the plants she grows in it. It also contains a gardenplan for the gravelgarden and the screegarden. It even has a list of plants which do great in these conditions and look good together as neighbourplants. She also describes (the use of) lots of plants and bulbs. In this book she also tells about the steps she had to take to create the gravel garden and the scree garden. A must for xerisscaping gardeners or for those who like to garden without using the hose in hot summerdays.
I take this book many times in my hand ...just wandering around in her garden..