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Contents

6 Foreword 7 Introduction to the first edition 12 Plan of the Beth Chatto Gardens

14 STARTING THE

WOOD GARDEN • Trees and shrubs for shelter 19

• Evergreen shrubs for the understorey 23 • Deciduous understorey shrubs 28

32 AWAKENINGS • The first daffodil 34

• Uplifting snowdrops 36 • February sunshine 43 • The woodland floor 44 • Early scents 45 • Lenten roses 49

120 HIGH SUMMER TAPESTRIES • Groundcover carpets 123

• Pillars of blossom 129 • Handsome cow parsleys 133 • Dramatic foliage 136 • Late summer shrubs 141

148 AUTUMN’S

SUNLIT OPENINGS • Wandering anemones 153

• Glowing berries 156 • November highlights 162 • Letting in the light 166

54 SPRING ENCHANTMENT • A medieval tapestry 56

• Accidental effects 60 • Flowering shrubs 62 • Robust groundcoverers 66 • Graceful narcissus 69 • The Long Shady Walk 72 • April highlights 75 • American woodlanders 80

86 EARLY SUMMER PROFUSION • Quaint aquilegias 90

• The Little Grassy Wood 91 • Beneath ancient oaks 94 • Leafy carpets 99 • Elegant ferns 102 • Proud astrantias 107

• Fleeting peonies 108 • Flowering shrubs 112 • Maintaining balance 117

172 THE DEPTHS

OF WINTER • Beauty in leaves 174

• Regular winter maintenance 177

184 SHADE-TOLERANT PLANTS • Hardiness zones 185 • Trees, shrubs and climbers 186

• Perennials and bulbs 188 • Ferns 210 • Grasses and grass-like plants 211

212 Afterword by David Ward 220 Mechanical equipment for tree surgery 221 Further reading 222 Rainfall figures 1970–2001 223 Rainfall figures 2008–2016 224 Index 232 Author’s acknowledgments 232 Photographer’s note

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