Upon becoming a Master Gardener I’ve read a lot of good gardening books and a lot of bad gardening books. Listed below are some of my favorites (which I own & continue to use as a reference), a few books on gardening & novels with garden in title. Hope one of these books will help you during this gardening season.
- Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses, by: Deni Bown
- Peterson’s Field Guide: A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America, by: Steven Foster & James A. Duke
- Carrots love Tomatoes, by: Louise Riotte
Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes, by: Cassie Liversidge
Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way: 18th-Century Methods for Today’s Organic Gardeners, by: Wesley Greene
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History, by: William Woys Weaver
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, by: Edward C. Smith
- 100 easy-to-grow native plants : for American gardens in temperate zones/ Johnson, Lorraine.
- Armitage’s native plants for North American gardens/Armitage, A. M.
- Botanica North America : the illustrated guide to our native plants, their botany, history, and the way they have shaped our world/ Harris, Marjorie
- Bringing nature home : how you can sustain wildlife with native plants/ Tallamy, Douglas W.
- Easy care native plants : a guide to selecting and using beautiful American flowers, shrubs, and trees in gardens and landscapes/ Taylor, Patricia A
- Got sun? : 200 best native plants for your garden/ Harstad, Carolyn
- Native plants for wildlife habitat and conservation landscaping : Chesapeake Bay Watershed/ Slattery, Britt. Reshetiloff, Kathryn.
- Paradise by design : native plants and the new American landscape/Phillips, Kathryn
- Native trees, shrubs, and vines : a guide to using, growing, and propagating North American woody plants/ Cullina, William
- Step-by-step wildflowers & native plants / Loewer, H. Peter
Terrariums & Succulents:
- Beautiful Tabletop Gardens/ Kilby, Janice Eaton
- Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds/ Bryant Aiello, Amy.
- Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass/ Colletti, Maria
- The new terrarium : creating beautiful displays for plants and nature/ Martin, Tovah.
- Miniature gardens : design and create miniature fairy gardens, dish gardens, terrariums and more–indoors and out/ Elzer-Peters, Katie
The Plant Recipe Book: 100 Living Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season/ Chapman, Baylor
Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias/ Sengo, Zenaida
DIY Succulents: From Placecards to Wreaths 35+ Ideas for Creative Projects with Succulents/ Daigle, Tawni
Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing and Crafting with 100 Easy Care Varieties/ Baldwin Lee, Debra
Succulent Container Gardeners: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants/ Baldwin Lee, Debra
- Fairy Garden Handbook / Walsh, Liza Gardner
- Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World/ Calvo, Janit
Container & Small Space Gardening:
- Grow all you can eat in 3 square feet, by: Chauney Dunford
- Container gardening : 250 design ideas & step-by-step techniques/ Kasper, Carol
- Tips for container gardening : 300 great ideas for growing flowers, vegetables & herbs/Morris, Jennifer
- Vertical vegetables and fruit/ Massingham, Rhonda
- Small-space vegetable gardens : growing great edibles in containers, raised beds, and small plots/ Bellamy, Andrea
- Small space garden ideas/ Pearson, Philippa
- Small space gardening/ Myers, Melinda
- Contain yourself : 101 fresh ideas for fantastic container gardens/
Ouellet, Kerstin P.
- Potted gardens : a fresh approach to container gardening/ Cole, Rebecca.
- Container plants for beginners/ Mayer, Joachim
- McGee & Stuckey’s the bountiful container : a container garden of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and edible flowers/ McGee, Rose Marie Nichols
- Small-space container gardens : transform your balcony, porch, or patio with fruits, flowers, foliage & herbs/ Richardson, Fern
Heirloom plants : a complete compendium of heritage vegetables, fruits, herbs & flowers/ Etty, Thomas
- Perennial Vegetables: from Artichoke to Zuiki Taro, a gardener’s guide to over 100 delicious, easy-to-grow edibles/ Toensmeier, Eric
Grow cook eat : a food lover’s guide to kitchen gardening, including 50 recipes, plus harvesting and storage tips/ Galloway, Willi.
- What’s wrong with my vegetable garden? : 100% organic solutions for all your vegetables, from artichokes to zucchini/ Deardorff, David C.
- The Edible Front Yard: the mow-less, grow-more plan for a beautiful, bountiful garden/ Soler, Ivette
- The mini farming guide to vegetable gardening : self-sufficiency from asparagus to zucchini/ Markham, Brett L
- The mix & match guide to companion planting : an easy, organic way to deter pests, prevent disease, improve flavor, and increase yields in your vegetable garden/ Jeffery, Jose
- Vertical Vegetables and Fruit/ Massaingham, Rhonda
- Year-round indoor salad gardening : how to grow nutrient-dense, soil-sprouted greens in less than 10 days/ Burke, Peter
- Culinary herbs & spices of the world/ Van Wyk, Ben-Erik
- Growing herbs/ Bown, Deni
Grow herbs/ McVicar, Jekka
- Herbs : the complete gardener’s guide/ Lima, Patrick.
- Herb gardening : how to prepare the soil, choose your plants, and care for, harvest, and use your herbs/Snyder, Melissa Melton
Homegrown herbs : a complete guide to growing, using, and enjoying more than 100 herbs/ Hartung, Tammi
- New encyclopedia of herbs & their uses/ Bown, Deni.
- The Big Book of Herbs: a comprehensive Illustration / Tucker, Arthur O.
The complete book of herbs/ Bremness, Lesley
- The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs: growing, health & beauty, cooking, crafts/ Reader’s Digest Association
- The cook’s herb garden/ Cox, Jeff
- The culinary herbal : growing & preserving 97 flavorful herbs/ Belsinger, Susan
- The green guide to herb gardening : featuring the 10 most popular herbs/
Harding, Deborah C
- The herb gardener : a guide for all seasons/ McClure, Susan
- The Plant Lover’s Guide to Salvias/ Whittlesey, John
- The successful herb gardener : growing and using herbs-quickly and easily/ Roth, Sally
- Your backyard herb garden : a gardener’s guide to growing over 50 herbs plus how to use them in cooking, crafts, companion planting, and more/ Smith, Miranda
- 100 plants to feed the bees : provide a healthy habitat to help pollinators thrive
- 50 High-Impact, Lowcare Garden Plants/ DiSabato-Aust, Tracy
- Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants: annuals, bulbs, herbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetables, fruits & nuts/ Fell, Derek
- The bee-friendly garden : design an abundant, flower-filled yard that nurtures bees and supports biodiversity/ Frey, Kate
- Flower gardening 1-2-3 : design, plan, select, plant, care, step-by-step/
Fowler, Veronica Lorson
- Gardening for butterflies : how you can attract and protect beautiful, beneficial insects / Black, Scott Hoffman
- Giant Perennials/ Berry Susan
- Plant Partners/ Pavord, Anna
- Pleasures of the cottage garden/ Lee, Rand B. Lee
- The cutting garden : plants for gorgeous bouquets all year long/ Proctor, Rob.
- The Flower Farmer’s Year: How to Grow Cut Flowers/ Newbery, Georgie
- Chesapeake gardening & landscaping : the essential green guide/ Ellis, Barbara W.
- Designing and planting a woodland garden : plants and combinations that thrive in the shade/ Wiley, Keith. Wiley
Gardening in the shade/ Halpin, Anne Moyer
- Made for the Shade/ Glattstein, Judy
Making the most of shade : how to plan, plant, and grow a fabulous garden that lightens up the shadows/ Hodgson, Larry
- The Natural shade Garden/ Druse, Kenneth
- Planting the dry Shade Garden/ Rice, Graham
Shade : planting solutions for shady gardens/Wiley, Keith
- The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change/ Druse, Ken
- The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening/ Ziffer, Amy Beth Chatto’s Woodland Garden: Shade-Loving Plants for Year-Round Interest/ Chatto, Beth
- A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary garden at Monticello/ Hatch, Peter J.
- Capital Splendor: Gardens and Parks of Washington D.C/ Glickman, Barbara
- Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden/ Walliser, Jessica
- Creating a Garden for the Senses/ Cox, Jeff
- Handmade for the garden: 75 ingenious ways to enhance your outdoor space with DIY tools, pots, supports, embellishments & more/ Guagliumi, Susan
- Handmade Garden Projects: step-by-step instructions for creative garden features, containers, lighting & more / Fokner, Lorene
- Inspirational Gardens through the Seasons/ Gammack, Helene
- Plant by numbers : a step-by-step garden planning guide/ Colburn, Nigel.
- Gardening step by step/ Hendy, Jenny
- Mrs. Lee’s rose garden : the true story of the founding of Arlington / DeVito, Carlo.
- Seedswap: the gardener’s guide to saving & swapping seeds/ Jeffery, Josie
- Start a Community Food Garden/ Joy, LaManda
- The big book of garden solutions : problem-solving tips and techniques for gardeners
- The welcoming garden : designing your own front garden/ Hayward, Gordon
- Designing and planting a woodland garden : plants and combinations that thrive in the shade / Wiley, Keith
- Gardening with climbers/ Grey-Wilson, Christopher Matthews, Victoria. Grey-Wilson
- The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual / Marshall, Roger
- A fall of marigolds : a novel / Meissner, Susan
- Flowers for Miss Pengelly/ Aitken, Rosemary
- Garden spells/ Allen, Sarah Addison
- Old herbaceous : a novel of the garden/ Arkell, Reginald
- Root, petal, thorn / Olsen, Ella Joy
- Secret of the white rose / Pintoff, Stefanie
- The art of arranging flowers/ Branard, Lynne
- The perfume garden/ Brown, Kate Lord.
- The language of flowers : a novel/ Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
- The butterfly garden/ Hutchison, Dot
- The rose of Sebastopol / McMahon, Katharine.
- The sea garden/ Lawrenson, Deborah
- The girls in the garden : a novel/ Jewell, Lisa
- The forgotten garden : a novel/ Morton, Kate
- The mermaid garden/ Montefiore, Santa
- The garden of letters/ Richman, Alyson
- The garden of evening mists : a novel/ Tan, Twan Eng
- The sea garden : a novel/ Willett, Marcia.
- The rose garden/ Kearsley, Susanna,
- The lavender garden : a novel / Riley, Lucinda
- The wild rose / Donnelly, Jennifer