Author(s): JEFFERSON-BROWN M
In this book, the word "natural" has two meanings: the first in the design idea of the garden embodying plants grown in informal association with each other (as opposed to the bedding schemes of a rigidly formal garden); the second applies to the way the garden is managed. Plants are chosen for their ability to manage themselves and ground contours are exploited rather than eliminated. The natural garden can look just as appealing as the formal garden but will require far less effort in its maintenance. A very good starting guide.
The tradition; today's attitudes and gardens; the one-tree woodland; the role of shrubs; bulbous bonanza; meadow and grassland; wet and waterside; the herbaceous; last look round.