This comprehensive guide to both the techniques that ensure a blooming, chemical-free garden, and the logic and philosophy behind the ethic of natural or holistic gardening addresses some global problems affecting all Australian gardeners and land users, both rural and urban - soil degradation, pollution, water as a scarce resource and the devastation of ecosystems due to agricultural and industrial influence, and offers some creative solutions or counter-measures. Contemporary trends such as permaculture, organic and no-dig gardening are examined in detail. Sections on energy efficiency, the healing garden and the integrated garden take a close look at energy storage and distribution, recycling, soil health, companion planting and the growing of food and herbs. There is guidance to both create the garden as sanctuary, and harness the garden as a precious resource. A full Australian plant list is included - plants for all climates and habitats, as well as a comprehensive Australian resources list for everything from permaculture societies through to seed suppliers listed for every state in Australia.