Book List:

Garden Design
My favorite books fall into this category, as they encourage you to imagine what you could do . . . Again these titles are not directly aimed at exotic or tropical gardens/gardeners, but instead cover the basic principles of design that can be applied to any garden.

Philip McMillan Browse (Editor)
Gardening on the Edge: Drawing on the Cornwall Experience

Alison Hodge Publishers. ISBN 0906720338
Excellent well illustrated compilation of chapters from Cornish gardeners-authorative and fascinating information packed book-including a chapter on palms by mark brent of lamorran house gardens (Review by Neil Armstrong)
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Brookes, John
The New Small Garden

Lothian. ISBN 0850916682
Brookes has written many books, all of which are good reading. This particular one has lots of case studies with plans and photographs of the finished gardens.
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Paul, Anthony
Creative Ideas for Small Gardens

HarperCollins, 1994. 0004129059
Originally from New Zealand, Anthony Paul uses his experience to create effects with strong structural shapes and good leaf interest. Some commissions from down under are used as illustrations. This book has a little bit more for the palm enthusiast.

Verey, Rosemary
Rosemary Verey's Garden Plans

Frances Lincoln, 1993. ISBN 0711208107
No tropical gardens here, but some nice ideas on color themes and using plants for dramatic effect.
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