Planting a paradise


Sumptuous, beautiful and packed with easy-to-follow advice, this book offers advice on dramatic but easy-to-grow flowering plants. All the recommendations are perfect for pots, and will turn your garden into a sustainable paradise filled with butterflies, bees and birds. Arranged seasonally, it includes Arthur’s favourite flowers to plant throughout the year, plus lists of key garden tasks and advice on the best species for encouraging wildlife. As well as spectacular floral annuals, Arthur’s pot-friendly suggestions include herbs, figs and scented pelargoniums, as well as permanent planting ideas for cover and structure.

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Selected for The Times Best Gardening Books of the Year 2023

Every garden, large or small, in a town or in the country, even one formed completely by pots, can be a living dance of lavish colours, glorious scents and pollen-rich flowers alive to the sound of bird song and the buzz of bees.

In Planting a Paradise, Arthur Parkinson, bestselling author of The Flower Yard, focuses on what to grow through the seasons with an array of planting ideas and recommended varieties to inspire the experienced and novice gardener alike.

From his newly found love of muscari, narcissi and seeding grasses, to circuses of dahlias, luscious herbs, figs and crab apples, the result is not only a stunning living harvest but also an oasis for wildlife at a time when we need this style of gardening more than ever.

Praise for The Flower Yard:

‘Simply gorgeous’ – Nigel Slater

‘The Kew-trained king of the small-space garden’ – Guardian

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 24.8 × 19.2 × 2.2 cm










635.9 (edition:23)


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