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Top 10 Best Gardening Books in the UK 2021

No matter what's going on in the wider world, it’s a real privilege to have some outdoor space to call your own. While the green-fingered among us just have that knack with plants, others of us stare at our gardens wondering what on Earth to do with them?


From beginner's guides to gardening compendiums, you don’t need to be Monty Don to make the most of your window box, balcony or front lawn! That’s why we've compiled a list of the top 10 best gardening books to buy online from Amazon and eBay. 

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  • Last updated: 04-04-2022
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How to Choose a Gardening Book in the UK - Buying Guide

Once you've dug deep (sorry!) into your reasons for buying a gardening book, you'll find it much easier to shop for one. Consider the type of plants you want to grow, your level of gardening experience and the size of your garden when deciding on the best book for your gardening needs.

What Will You Grow and Where? Choose a Book to Help You Achieve Your Gardening Goals

What is your top priority when gardening? Think about your available garden space and what you hope to achieve. This will help you find the best gardening book to make your vision a reality. 

Hoping to Become More Self-Sufficient? Try a Book on Growing Fruit and Veg

Hoping to Become More Self-Sufficient? Try a Book on Growing Fruit and Veg

More and more of us are intrigued by the idea of self-sufficiency. Just think about how wonderful it could be to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home! 


If you like the idea of home-grown tomatoes or garden-fresh herbs, check out gardening books which guide you through the basics of growing and nurturing crops

Choose a Book on Cultivating Flowers to Boost Your Mood

Choose a Book on Cultivating Flowers to Boost Your Mood

Flowers are one of nature's most beautiful treats and learning to grow them is a skill for life that can bring endless joy and satisfaction. 


Cultivating geraniums, pansies, wildflowers or roses is not as easy as it looks! Finding a simple flower growing guide is a brilliant way to get to grips with rearing blooms, and hone your skills the process. 

Want a More General Guide? Get a Gardening Compendium

Want a More General Guide? Get a Gardening Compendium

To help inspire you to get gardening, or for those seeking a green-fingered gift idea, you might want to try a gardening compendium


Gardening compendiums provide a more general guide to gardening. These could be a celebrity gardener's overview of horticultural elements, or perhaps an all-encompassing book which covers gardening tips month-by-month. 

If You're Short on Space, Look for a Gardening Book for Small Gardens or Growing in Pots

If You're Short on Space, Look for a Gardening Book for Small Gardens or Growing in Pots

Right now, many of us are realising what a privilege it is to have access to outdoor space. If you are lucky enough to have even a small patch of land, you'll want to look for a book to help you make the most of it. 


Those of us with no garden can still enjoy home-grown produce. For indoors growers, choose a gardening book which focuses on ways to grow potted fruit and veg at home.

Make Sure It's Aimed at the Right Experience Level so You're Not Uninspired or Overwhelmed

Make Sure It's Aimed at the Right Experience Level so You're Not Uninspired or Overwhelmed

Make sure that the book you buy is suitable for your current level of gardening know-how. Complete beginners will do better with gardening books that keep things super simple. Beginner-friendly books will support you through the fundamentals of gardening without feeling intimidating or de-motivating. 


Likewise, lifelong gardeners may find lower-level guides too simplistic and will be more inspired by advanced guides aimed at experts. Keen gardeners may also enjoy coffee-table style books which celebrate the beauty of plants, flowers and nature.

Paperback Is Great for Use in the Garden, Hardbacks Make Beautiful Gifts

Paperback Is Great for Use in the Garden, Hardbacks Make Beautiful Gifts

It's worth checking whether you're buying the hardcover or paperback version of your new gardening book. Hardbacks are sturdy and durable, and gardening books with gorgeously printed hardcovers will make excellent gifts.


Paperbacks, on the other hand, are flexible and often more affordable. Which is why paperbacks may also be more appropriate for taking out into the garden with you for reference while you hoe, rake and dig.

Top 10 Best Gardening Books to Buy Online in the UK 2020

From growing your own vegetables to turning a tiny terrace into an oasis, we have a book to meet every budding gardener's needs. Now you know what to look for, here are the top 10 best to buy online in the UK!

10

Carol KleinMaking a Garden: Successful Gardening by Nature's Rules

£9.99

Gardening FocusNature-inspired gardening
Book TypeHardback
LevelKeen gardener
9

DKGrow All You Can Eat in Three Square Feet

£13.25

Gardening FocusGrowing fruit& veg
Book TypeHardcover
LevelBeginner
8

Alan TitchmarshHow to Garden: Small Gardens

£7.72

Gardening FocusSmall gardens
Book TypePaperback
LevelKeen gardener
7

Floret FarmCut Flower Garden

£15.69

Gardening FocusFlowers
Book TypeHardcover
LevelAll experience levels
6

RHSGrow Your Own Crops in Pots

£11.99

Gardening FocusGrowing fruit& veg
Book TypeHardcover
LevelBeginner
5

Lucy ChamberlainStep-By-Step Veg Patch: A Foolproof Guide to Every Stage of Growing Fruit and Veg

£12.99

Gardening FocusGrowing fruit & veg
Book TypeHardcover
LevelBeginner, keen gardener
4

RHSGardening Through the Year

£14.75

Gardening FocusMonth-by-month garden planning
Book TypeHardcover
LevelBeginner
3

Monty DonThe Complete Gardener

£17.06

Gardening FocusEvery aspect of gardening
Book TypePaperback
LevelBeginner
2

Huw RichardsVeg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month

£12.99

Gardening FocusGrowing fruit & veg
Book TypeHardcover
LevelBeginner
1

Holly NewtonHow to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners Who Can't Yet Garden

£12.00

Gardening FocusFlowers, growing fruit & veg
Book TypeHardcover
LevelBeginner

Compare the Best Gardening Books

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Holly Newton How to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners Who Can't Yet Garden 1

Holly Newton

2
Huw Richards Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month 1

Huw Richards

3
Monty Don The Complete Gardener 1

Monty Don

4
RHS Gardening Through the Year 1

RHS

5
Lucy Chamberlain Step-By-Step Veg Patch: A Foolproof Guide to Every Stage of Growing Fruit and Veg 1

Lucy Chamberlain

6
RHS Grow Your Own Crops in Pots 1

RHS

7
Floret Farm Cut Flower Garden 1

Floret Farm

8
Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Small Gardens 1

Alan Titchmarsh

9
DK Grow All You Can Eat in Three Square Feet 1

DK

10
Carol Klein Making a Garden: Successful Gardening by Nature's Rules 1

Carol Klein

Name

How to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners Who Can't Yet Garden

Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month

The Complete Gardener

Gardening Through the Year

Step-By-Step Veg Patch: A Foolproof Guide to Every Stage of Growing Fruit and Veg

Grow Your Own Crops in Pots

Cut Flower Garden

How to Garden: Small Gardens

Grow All You Can Eat in Three Square Feet

Making a Garden: Successful Gardening by Nature's Rules

Features

A Bold, Beautiful Guide to Creating a Well-Rounded Garden

An Illustrated Month-By-Month Gardening Guide for Homegrown Produce All Year Round

Gardening Tips from the Don

A Whole Year of Gardening Tricks

A Clear, Accessible Guide to Growing More than Fifty Crops

No Garden? No Problem

Grow and Arrange Your Own Flowers With This Lovingly Compiled Guide

Make the Most of Your Small Space

Sustainability on a Small Scale

Gardening Inspired by Mother Nature

Price£12.00£12.99£17.06£14.75£12.99£11.99£15.69£7.72£13.25£9.99
Gardening FocusFlowers, growing fruit & vegGrowing fruit & vegEvery aspect of gardeningMonth-by-month garden planningGrowing fruit & vegGrowing fruit& vegFlowersSmall gardensGrowing fruit& vegNature-inspired gardening
Book TypeHardcoverHardcoverPaperbackHardcoverHardcoverHardcoverHardcoverPaperbackHardcoverHardback
LevelBeginner BeginnerBeginner BeginnerBeginner, keen gardenerBeginnerAll experience levelsKeen gardenerBeginnerKeen gardener
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Need Some Extra Gardening Gear to Get Growing?

Need Some Extra Gardening Gear to Get Growing?

If you are looking for ways to make the most of your garden, why not check out these articles to get you outside and feeling inspired? From plant pots to gardening accessories, our suggestions are horticultural heaven! 

Summary

Once you've picked your new gardening book, you can curl up on the grass and read it in the sunshine. We hope this article has helped you find one that gets you motivated to make some simple yet, satisfying changes. Or perhaps, embark on a gardening obsession that lasts a lifetime! 

Author: Annie Hopkins

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