Book Review: ‘A Plant For Every Day Of The Year’ by Philip Clayton

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Do you ever wonder how you could add more interest in your garden, right throughout the year?

Well, Philip Clayton’s ‘A Plant For Every Day Of The Year’ could be the book to help.

This wonderful new book is essentially a combination of 365 plants that you could (and perhaps should!) grow in your garden at home. Each and every one of them possible to grow here in the U.K in our every day gardens.

You’ll find a combination of plants are real garden staples such as Salvia Hot Lips, Geranium Rozanne among others – but you’ll also find varieties of plants you’d not seen before. You’ll all know my huge adoration for tulips so I was thrilled to see a variety in here that I’d not seen, let alone grown before – called Brown Sugar. Now, its not an exotic variety, but its new to me and that’s why this book works.

It very much doesn’t try to create a range of plants that you’re unable to grow or try for yourself, instead – quite the opposite. Here we have a years’ worth of plants (some flowering, some not) that you’ll want to try at home.

Each plant is accompanied by a paragraph to tell you about it and what you can expect from each one, along with eventual height width, preferred aspect and hardiness.

Essentially, you can think of this as a collection of Phil’s favourite plants from the gardens that he’s had the pleasure of growing in.

I’d certainly be tempted to use this book almost as a wish list for when I’m next buying plants for my own garden as the choices are both wide ranging and achievable to find in garden centres.

As you’d expect from an RHS / DK book, this is also crammed with photos of each plant – some from Philip’s own gardens, and others from elsewhere.

A Plant For Every Day Of The Year is out now from RHS and DK books with an RRP of £20, or you can buy it now here for just £15!

Do check make sure to check out Philip’s Twitter for more planty goodness, where you can find him @clayton_philip

And, if you’d like to hear more from Philip, then watch this space as he’ll be appearing on the upcoming season 4 of Tales From The Potting Bench starting at the end of February!

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