Books from 2018

This is a compilation of gardening books published in 2018, based on notices from publishers and news from colleagues and authors. This is not meant to represent all gardening books but certainly provides one an idea of the variety of gardening books that are published. For new gardening books published in 2019, see tab “New Books: 2019” on

December 2018

Thus Spoke the Plant by Monica Gagliano, Penguin Random House

Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-Being by Jessi Bloom, Timber Press

GGN: Landscapes 1999-2018 by Thaisa Way, Jennifer Guthrie, Kathryn Gustafson, Shannon Nichol, and Rodrigo Abela, Timber Press

Garden Sanctuary: Designing for Comfort, Wholeness, and Connection by John Robert Beaudry, Garden Matters Publishing

Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

November 2018

The Generous Gardener: Private Paradises Shared by Caroline Donald, Pimpernel Press

Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space by Amy Andrychowicz, Cool Springs Press

Gardening Across the Pond: Anglo-American Exchanges from the Settlers in Virginia to Prairie Gardens in England by Richard Bisgrove, Pimpernel Press

All New Square Foot Gardening, Third Edition, Fully Updated: More Projects, New Solutions, Grow Vegetables Anywhere by Mel Bartholomew and Square Foot Gardening Foundation, Cool Springs Press

Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement by Judith B. Tankard, Timber Press

Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-being by Jessi Bloom, Timber Press

Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden by Kate Frey, Timber Press

Starting and Saving Seeds: Growing the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs and Flowers for your Garden by Julie Thompson-Adolf,  Cool Springs Press

She Sheds Style: Make Your Space Your Own by Erika Kotite, Cool Springs Press

RHS: The Secrets of Great Botanists by Mathew Biggs, Octopus Books

RHS: Can Anything Stop Slugs by Guy Barter, Octopus Books

Wreaths: With How-to Tutorials by Laura Dowling, Stichting Kunstboak

October 2018

The Gardens of Bunny Mellon by Linda Jane Holden, Vendome Press

Flower Color Guide by Darroch Putnam and Michael Putnam, Phaidon Publishers

Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden by Kate Frey, Timber Press

Urban Arboreal: A Modern Glossary of City Trees by Michael Jordan, White Lion Publishing

She Sheds Style: Make Your Space Your Own by Erika Kotite, Cool Springs Press

Smithsonian: Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants by DK Publishing and Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with Kew Royal Botanic Garden, DK Publishing

Miniature Japanese Gardens: Beautiful Indoor Landscape and Container Gardens for Your Home by Kenji Kobayashi, Tuttle Publisher

Starting and Saving Seeds: Grow the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Flowers for Your Garden by Julie Thompson-Adolf, Cool Springs Press

September 2018

Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens by Christopher Woods, Timber Press

The New Organic Grower, 3rd edition: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener 30th anniversary edition by Eliot Coleman, Chelsea Green

The Botanical Bible by Sonya Patel Ellis, Abrams Books

The Gardener’s Guide to Topiary: The Art of Clipping, Training and Shaping Plants by Jenny Hendy, Anness Publishing

Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens by Daniel Nolan and photographs by Caitlin Atkinson, Rizzoli Publishers

August 2018

Planting Natives to Attract Birds to Your Yard by Sharon Sorenson, Stackpole Books

Stylish Succulents: Japanese Inspired Container Gardens for Small Spaces by Yonishobu and Tomomi Kondo, collectively known as Tokiiro, Tuttle Publishing

Natural Selection: A Year in the Garden by Dan Pearson, Guardian Faber Publishing (is British but available on Amazon)

July 2018

Hypertufa Containers: Creating and Planting a Trough Garden by Lori Chips, Timber Press

The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens by Linda A. Chisholm, Timber Press

Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, second edition, by Malcolm T. Sanford and Richard E. Bonney, Storey Publishing

The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals by Maia Toll, Storey Publishing

Healing Houseplants: How to Keep Plants Indoors for Clean Air, Healthier Skin, Improved Focus and a Happier Life by Michelle Polk, Skyhorse Publishing

June 2018

Gardening Under Lights: The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers by Leslie F. Halleck, Timber Press

Life in the Garden: A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 2017 by Penelope Lively, Penguin Books

The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs by Pat Crocker, Sterling Epicure (Sterling Publishing)

Decorative Terrarium: 47 Beautiful Ideas Created with Succulents, Air Plants, Moss and Orchids by Sueko Katsuji, Nippan IPS

In the Garden Compendium by E.H.M. Cox, Manic D Press

Countertop Gardens: Easily Grow Kitchen Edibles Indoors for Year-Round Enjoyment by Shelley Lewis, Quarto/Cool Springs Press

May 2018

Growing Heirloom Flowers by Chris McLaughlin, The Quarto Group

Houseplants for a Healthy Home by Jon VanZile, Adams Media, Simon and Schuster

A Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plants and Place by Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne, Timber Press

Hot Color, Dry Garden: Inspiring Designs and Vibrant Plants for the Waterwise Gardener by Nan Sterman, Timber Press

Miniature Terrariums: Tiny Glass Container Gardens Using Easy-to-Grow Plants and Inexpensive Glassware by Fourwords (the green shop division of Acutus Interiors), Tuttle Publishing

Plant Style: How to Greenify Your Space by Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal, Thames and Hudson

April 2018

The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden by Lee Reich, New Society Publishers

Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future by Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt, New Society Publishers

Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide by Jane Hurwitz, Princeton University Press

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables: The Enchanting Island that Inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery by Catherine Reid, Timber Press

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving and Using Herbs by Amy K. Fewell, Lyons Press

Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants by Laureen Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan, Smith Street Books

Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape by Barbara Paul Robinson, David R. Godine Publisher

Words from the Garden: A Collection of Beautiful Poetry, Prose and Quotations by Isobel Carlson, Summersdale Publishers

Nature by Design: The Practice of Biophilic Design by Stephen R. Kellert, Yale Unversity Press

March 2018

Design Your Garden Toolkit: Visualize the Perfect Combination for Your Yard by Michelle Gervais, Storey Publishing

Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life by Emily Murphy, Firefly Publishing

City Green: Public Gardens of New York by Jane Garmey, photographs by Mick Hales, The Monacelli Press

Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants by Elizabeth A. Dauncy and Sonny Larsson, Princeton University Press

The Garden in Every Sense and Season by Tovah Martin and photographs by Kindra Clineff, Timber Press

Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting For Beauty and Bounty by Lisa Mason Ziegler, Cool Springs Press

A Year in the Garden: 365 Inspirational Gardens and Gardening Tips by Gisela Keil and Thomas Hagen, photographs by Jurgen Becker, Prestel Publishing

The Cocktail Gardener: Botanical Cocktails for Every Season by Ed Loveday (author) and Adriana Picker (illustrator), Hardie Grant Publishing

The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People by Amy Stross, Twisted Creek Press

Sprouts, Shoots, and Microgreens: Tiny Plants to Grow and Eat in Your Kitchen by Linda Wallentinson and Lennart Weibull, Skyhorse Publishing

Straw Bale Solutions: Creative Tips for Growing Vegetables in Bales at Home, in Community Gardens, and Around the World by Joel Karsten, Cool Springs Press

February 2018

Practical Houseplant Book by Zia Allaway and Fran Bailey, DK Publishing

Grow Something Different to Eat: Weird and Wonderful Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables for Your Garden by Matthew Biggs, DK Publishing

How to Window Box: Small-space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit (founders of The Horticult, a blog), Penguin Random House

Our Native Bees: America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them by Paige Embry, Timber Press

Designing with Palms by Jason Dewees and Photographs by Caitlin Atkinson, Timber Press

The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard by Susan Morrison, Timber Press

The Flower-Powered Garden: Supercharge Your Borders and Containers with Bold Colorful Plant Combinations by Andy Vernon, Timber Press

Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Outdoor Plants by the authors of Cool Springs Press (eight authors)

Veggie Garden Remix: 224 New Plants to Shake up Your Garden and Add Variety of Flavor and Fun by Niki Jabbour, Storey Publishing

The Budget-Wise Gardener with Hundreds of Money-Saving Buying and Design Tips for Planting the Best for Less by Kerry Ann Mendez, St. Lynn’s Press

Garden Builder: Complete Plans for Outdoor Projects You Can Build by Joanne Moser, Cool Springs Press

January 2018

The Bonsai Beginner’s Bible: The Definitive Guide to Choosing and Growing Bonsai by Peter Chan, publisher is Mitchell Beazley

The New Seed-Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel and Jean Nick, revised, publisher is Rodale Books

Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: the Indispensable Green Source for Every Gardener edited by Fern Marshall Brady, Barbara W. Ellis, and Ellen Phillips with Deborah L. Martin, publisher is Rodale Books

An Abundance of Flowers: More Great Flower Breeders of the Past by Judith M. Taylor, publisher is Swallow Press

The Colorful Dry Garden: Over 100 Flowers and Vibrant Plants for Drought, Desert and Dry Times by Maureen Gilmer, publisher is Sasquatch Books