Author(s): Diana M. Miller
Trees and shrubs are a valuable asset to a garden bringing structure, shade, year-round interest and the all-important vertical dimension. However, choosing the right ones for small gardens is a fine art, and it's all too easy to end up with heavyweight shrubs overtaking the border, dysfunctional climbers, or trees outgrowing their designated spaces. In this practical reference, woody-plant expert Diana Miller takes the anguish out of the process by recommending plants and cultivation techniques that excel in small garden spaces. Small gardens require careful planting, and the book starts by considering plants that fulfill a particular design function, such as trees that provide the right levels of shade for an underplanting of choice bulbs, columnar or weeping trees for very restricted spaces, and specimen shrubs that provide an effective foil for herbaceous perennials in a mixed border. Pruning, coppicing, topiary and container-planting restrict growth and are helpful techniques in the small garden armory. Useful too are scaled-down versions of favorite trees, such as Prunus 'Amanogawa', that take up less space, and create less shade, than other cherry trees.
Diana Miller has been a horticultural botanist whose work with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) spans three decades. From 1979 she was Keeper of RHS Herbarium, where she developed and maintained the world's only herbarium dedicated to cultivated plants. She also served as Secretary for the Hardy Woody Plant Committee of the RHS and was a founding member and Secretary of the Horticultural Taxonomy Group. Over the years she has written, edited, and contributed to a range of horticultural publications, including The Garden magazine and a book on Pelargoniums (Batsford Press, 1996). Diana holds a BA in Botany from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Microbiology from Wellesley College. Recently retired from the RHS, she lives in Hampshire, England.