Five Gardening Books That Every Gardener Should Own

Gardening involves a slow learning process, and there are numerous sources of information to seek guidance and help from. However, it can be quite overwhelming to figure out how should you begin or where to look for more information.

Unless you are friends with knowledgeable gardeners—whether your parents, neighbours, or friends—chances are you will find yourself standing in your new garden with very little idea about how you should care for your plants (let alone the knowledge of replanting them or designing it). But a good gardening book can come to your rescue; consider it a mentor. Here are some outstanding books on gardening that you should read before starting your garden.

Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening

This comprehensive guidebook is for beginners, and it will answer all your questions, regardless of how simple they may seem. It covers all the essential gardening knowledge that one requires to indulge in the spectacular world of gardening. The text further defines over a hundred basic gardening terms to make every novice gardener feel more confident.

The Flower Gardener’s Bible

If you only want to cover your backyard with beautiful blooms, this book will serve you as an incredible guiding resource. The Flower Gardener’s Bible will teach you how to grow a vibrant flower garden, and the text offers valuable advice on how to fight pests, improve soil quality, identify different flowers, and much more.

Planting: A New Perspective

Oudolf, the Dutch landscape designer and plantsman’s recent book, Planting: A New Perspective, is perhaps an incredible text in which you can immerse yourself in exploring his massively influential and magical approach to planting. In this text, you will come across many beautiful planting schemes and concise and useful insight into how he designs landscapes.

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual

Gardening does not always take place outside. Many people are fond of growing houseplants, but keeping an indoor plant alive is way harder than it seems. Fortunately, you can turn to this book to find out the best ways to nurture and grow over 150 flourishing houseplants. This text is a must-have for confused and novice plant parents.

Vertical Gardening

This book covers all the vertical gardening strategies using trellises, string supports, pergolas, skyscraper gardens, raised beds, and more. These gardening tips will help you save space and cultivate healthy green plants. The various growth strategies prescribed in the text – use a mix of commercial support and D.I.Y. – and you will come across plenty of tips on how you can make harvesting easier.

A good gardening guide will inform you about everything you need to know about growing and caring for your green babies.


Satavisha hails from the city of joy, Kolkata. She took up writing as my profession amid the pandemic when the world was at a standstill. Here, she acquired a balance between her passion for writing and sharing various ideas and facts through her stories.
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