Rock and water in gardens: choosing a style; rock pools and ponds; a slate rock pool; raised pools; a shady raised pool; wildlife pools; a tranquil wildlife pool; bog gardens; a small bog garden; gravel grdens; a dried river bed; streams and cascades; a cascading stream; a rock stream; small water features; a cobble fountain; a brimming urn. Planting water and rock gardens: planning planting schemes; plant types and environments; planting aquatics; planting techniques; propagation techniques; plant pests and diseases. Plant directory: free-floating plants; oxygenating plants; deep-water plants; waterlilies; lotus; marginals; moisture-loving plants; ferns; ornamental grasses; trees and shrubs; alpines.
Peter Robinson trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. He was appointed a Principal of Capel Manor in 1968 and built up a thriving horticultural college over the next 16 years. While a Director of Stapeley Water Gardens, in Cheshire, England, he designed award winning gardens for various flower shows, including the internationally acclaimed Chelsea Flower Show. He is a regular contributor to garden magazines and has also written a number of books. Peter Anderson is an experienced photographer. He has worked for various publications such as Gardens Illustrated and Architectural Digest.
If you are planning a pond or already have one which you want to refurbish, Peter Robinson offers an excellent guide to plants for ponds, rock and water features. Attractively illustrated and containing several interesting planting schemes, he offers his wealth of gardening experience in an easy to understand practical guide for novices and those more experienced alike. Describing marginals, oxygenators, deep water and bog plants in clear and concise fashion, you are guaranteed to choose the right plant for the situation and purpose. For once clearly explaining planting depths unlike similar books, Robinson offers a good reference point for all those seeking to add water to their garden. Propagation advice, pest and disease control and general pond maintenance are also included making this a one-stop handbook for pond-lovers. - Lucy Watson