Create the best borders with Adrian Bloom as your expert gardening guide!
A garden packed with fabulous flowers, foliage and grasses providing dazzling colours, movement and texture all through the year – we admire such gardens on television, but how do we achieve the same effect in our own borders? With the bewildering array of plants available, how do we choose plants to be sure of success?
In Bloom’s Best Perennials and Grasses, Adrian Bloom comes to the rescue, highlighting over 60 indispensable plants and describing another 400 possible choices with a wealth of information drawn from his own experience and in-depth knowledge. He suggests glorious plant combinations, tried-and-tested and suitable for smaller gardens. The book is lavishly illustrated by Richard Bloom, one of Britain’s top garden photographers, and will inspire and inform gardeners old and new.
Homing in on his top twelve favourite perennials and grasses for colour, foliage and year round interest, Adrian’s choices are all reliable growers and each gives a long display across several seasons. They include Helleborus xhybridus for the flowers that emerge in late winter and handsome foliage that covers the ground for the rest of the year; Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’ for its attractive seedheads in winter, arching stems and large purple-black leaves in mid-spring, and sweet late-summer fragrance and spires of delicate flowers; and Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ for its graceful, upright structure and narrow silvery leaves that last well into winter.
Over ten years since its first publication, Bloom’s Best Perennials and Grasses is still as relevant as ever and this re-issue by Foggy Bottom Books is a unique opportunity to purchase an autographed copy direct from the author. It is available only from our online shop
For any gardener who wishes to create a glorious garden, this is the perfect gift.
Matthew Wilson on Gardens Illustrated – the review reads:“One of the areas the book excels is in the quality of the photography (by Adrian and Richard Bloom) and the care taken selecting photographs that illustrate the point – something not always achieved in books of this type, where sometime images drive the text. Adrian Bloom writes from a position of great knowledge and affinity with his subject, so it is hard to fault for accuracy, and he often makes helpful reference to the wild homes of cultivated plants to demonstrate growing conditions. His description are not rich in purple prose or flights of fancy, but if you are looking for solid practical advice and lots of beautiful photographic examples of perennials and grasses in action in real gardens, then this book is highly recommended.”
From North America
“At last a book for gardeners who are overwhelmed by the huge size of iconic estates, when they study them for design inspiration. Adrian Bloom understands the predicament; he is a reliable mentor for the do-it-yourself gardener.
His publication contains a wealth of illustrations that demonstrate how one can create lush gardens of any size while using select, predetermined groups of perennials and grasses.”