Jill, Duchess of Hamilton, Penny Hart & John Simmons
Photography by Don Berwich
English native plants are enjoying something of a renaissance, and Shakespeare’s flowers are just some of the treasures of the English flora recently rediscovered by gardeners.
Growing England’s ancient plants to bring new life into gardens is given a new impetus in English Plants for your Garden, which explains how native plants can he used in ornamental and traditional gardening. It also shows how gardens can become part of the food chain, nourishing insects which, in turn, provide food for larger creatures.
English Plants shows how to create a garden pulsing with life: a garden with nectar in flower borders to encourage bees and butterflies, and with plants to entice birds which catch insects. It includes profiles of more than 200 garden-worthy native plants, written by John Simmons, Penny Hart and Don Berwick, and gives derails of their cultivation and potential garden use. The plants arc illustrated with the rarely seen, exquisite 16th-century watercolours and woodcuts of Jacques le Moyne de Morgues and with the specially commisioned photographs of Don Berwick, who travelled hundreds of miles to capture the plants as they burst into flower.
Great names of the past such as William Robinson, William Morris and Gertrude Jekyll have been advocates of native plants; today, sonic equally influential gardeners have helped with this book, which is dedicated to Miriam Rothschild. The foreword is by her and the preface is by John Brookes. The copyright for the text belongs to Flora-for-Fauna, the conservation charity founded by the authors in 1994, the backbone of which is the Postcode Plants Database at the Natural History Museum, London