Gardening Books for the New Year

Gardening Books for the New Year
'Fine Foliage' presents plants that work for all occasions.

If you’re looking for books to help plan next season’s garden, here are a few ideas. All are recommended by gardeners and garden bloggers, and all are rated 4 1/2 or more stars by Amazon customers. Many are also available as downloadable e-books.

The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher. How to design, maintain and harvest a play-friendly garden.

Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening by Louise Riotte. How to use the natural benefits of plants to protect and support each other.

Fine Foliage by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz. Plant combinations that work for every purpose—whether in sun or shade, path or meadow, porch or poolside.

Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass by Liz Primeau. Step-by-step instructions on how to add more plants to your landscape.

The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty From Brandywine Cottage by David L. Culp. Tips for interplanting different species in the same area for multi-season appeal.

Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation by Ken Druse. Step-by-step procedures for collecting seeds, dividing plants, and more.

Minnesota & Wisconsin Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year by Melinda Myers. Four-season gardening advice for gardeners in the Upper Midwest.

Beth Stetenfeld is a McFarland-based editor, writer, master naturalist and creator of the gardening blog