Beth Chatto’s Damp Garden
Beth Chatto’s Damp Garden: Moisture-Loving Plants for Year-Round Interest
Beth Chatto’s classic volume, newly revised, updated, and magnificently illustrated with color photographs, provides expert advice on cultivating every conceivable type of damp garden, whether it has moist silt or sticky clay, whether it’s sunny or shady, or whether you’re starting from scratch or sprucing up an existing site. Chatto explains everything about preparation, drainage, laying the first shade bed, coping with weeds, mulching, developing water and bog gardens, and large-scale garden management. There’s information about some of the hardiest plants, and some actual plans to use in designing, all with lists of flowers and shrubs arranged by season. An especially valuable A to Z of plants include perennials, bulbs, and rhizomes; a few bamboos; grasses; and ferns.
Beth Chatto runs her own Garden and Nursery for Unusual Plants at Elmstead Market near Colchester. Winner of ten Gold Medals at Chelsea, she also holds the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour and an honorary doctorate from Essex University. She is the author of a host of gardening classics: The Dry Garden, The Damp Garden, Beth Chatto’s Garden Notebook, Beth Chatto’s Green Tapestry and Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden. She is also co-author of Dear Friend and Gardener, written with her long-standing friend and fellow gardener, Christopher Lloyd.