My 5 Favourite Must-Have Gardening Books | Perfect Gift Ideas for Gardeners All Year Round

My 5 Favourite Must-Have Gardening Books | Perfect Gift Ideas for Gardeners All Year Round

Wondering which gardening book to buy? Here are my top 5 favourite gardening books. Great recommendations of books to enjoy, as well as gift ideas for gardeners. They make, affordable, easy-to-organise gardening Christmas gifts. I hope you find this video useful, and packed full of inspiration!

My Favourite Coffee-Table Book
Garden Design: A Book of Ideas by Heidi Howcroft & Marianna Majerus

My Favourite Vegetable Growing Book
The Kitchen Gardener by Alan Titchmarsh

My Favourite Gardening Biography Book
Grounded by Liz Zorab

My Favourite Ornamental / Design Book
Planting: A New Perspective by Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury

My Favourite Gardening Organiser Book
The RHS Diary by the RHS

My Most Precious Book
Colour for Adventurous Gardeners by Christopher Lloyd

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0:00 My Favourite Gardening Books
2:11 My Favourite Coffee-Table Book
3:57 My Favourite Vegetable Growing Book
6:48 My Favourite Gardening Biography Book
8:31 My Favourite Ornamental / Design Book
11:20 My Favourite Gardening Organiser Book
13:29 My Most Precious Book

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  1. Karen Browning on October 6, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    I’ve just managed to order the Christopher Lloyd book 😀 It was less than £4 too – bargain!

  2. Annie Keith on October 6, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Great videos niall . Thanks for the tips….. but ….this was really just an excuse to show off your house plants , wasn’t it ?….they look great. (Heard you on newstalk last week btw, well done.)

  3. Liz Zorab - Byther Farm on October 6, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Christopher Lloyd is one of my gardening heroes. His colour book is sublime!

  4. Arcata Willis on October 6, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    My local library has two of the books he recommends! I’m going to be hiding some place quiet, looking at pictures of flowers.

  5. PV Garden Shorts on October 6, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Niall, great video…. After watching I went to check my shelf – I actually have the Piet Oudolf book! I must go and take a closer look. I also tried the look ages ago on a long border 24 meters by 3 meters. Its always in flux, and made a lot of tweaks to it recently. I found both the Alan T book and last one, Adventurous Gardening… on EBay for under £4 each and I’m really looking forward to making a Veg plot this year . Thanks

  6. L J on October 6, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you, Niall. Cannot have too many books, or gardening books. Most of mine are more science-focused so I am tempted to expand my collection ! I have already ordered Colour and have Piet and Liz on my Christmas / birthday wish list. I did not think I liked garden design until I saw Piet’s work (esp in person); we watched a film about him and his style just ticks all the boxes for me. Thank you!

  7. Lindsey Mackie on October 6, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Hi where did you get your hori hori knife cheers

  8. Robin Smith on October 6, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Don’t forget you can get most of these at your local library. I have been checking out books at the library and making a list of ones I’d like to own. 💗

  9. 2feelgoods on October 6, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    After watching this vid I had a look on eBay…must have been my lucky day…Christopher Lloyd, Colour for Adventurous Gardeners….for less than a fiver….including postage….Merry Xmas to me….beautiful book, you were right!

  10. Caroline Gray on October 6, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Good video

  11. Debbie Maddock on October 6, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Great recommendations, luckily found the last book Christopher Lloyd book on Amazon at a great price. I’m overhauling my borders this year so hoping it will help me with flower choices.

  12. Mary Mary on October 6, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Watching from a very wet and windy Donegal in May. ☺️

  13. Jasmine Louise Farrall on October 6, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Lovely books 📚 Niall 🥰

  14. Tony Owen on October 6, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Niall, I’m a new viewer to your channel. I do enjoy your presentations. FYI – I went to Amazon and typed in Colour for Adventurous Gardeners. Up popped a few listings for Llyod’s book. Though it is used (previously owned), I look forward to receiving it in March.

  15. Nicola -Cornish Heaven on October 6, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Bought liz’s book and i loved it too great choice of suggestions for Christmas. Bought Alans book for me off ebay for a few pounds. Result.

  16. Kerry Dunbabin on October 6, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Dear Niall, I’ve been watching your channel for some time now and really liked this episode. I have a very special book "Monet’s Garden: Through the Seasons at Giverny". There is a lovely story behind it. My dear ex-husband and now deceased Johnny ( a cray fisherman) gave me a copy of it, and then I lent it to a colleague, whose house sadly burnt down. On our wedding day in 1998, he interrupted me at the reception, and I said "Not now, Johnny, I’m talking to someone" – and then he gave me another copy. I still love it, though he’s been dead for nine years now. We were very good friends both before and after the marriage. Cheers from the Tasman Peninsula, Kerry.

  17. AJ’s Green Thumb, LLC on October 6, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I truly appreciate you showcasing gardening books because it seems that most people flock to online for gardening references. Nothing beats a really good book and I now have some awesome selections added to my list. Thanks!

  18. Tufty McTavish on October 6, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    🌧 I’m learning that as I like being outdoors in Summer and indoors during Winter, I’m less motivated towards the gardening jobs at the moment. But I adore books! So more 📚 episodes would be welcomed by this viewer. I have a copy of “Grounded” and an RHS book by Lucy Chamberlain much like your Titchmarsh book. One of my favourites is “How to Grow Winter Vegetables” by Charles Dowding as it lets me plan the slower growing stuff to make use of the ground through winter. What cookery books do you like? I cook from what’s growing in my garden – I made an amazing curry this weekend, using homegrown 🧅🧄🍆🫑🌶, so I can recommend Anna Jones and her latest “One Pot, Pan, Planet”.

  19. PoptheBubble ChartLeaks on October 6, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Nice. My sister-in-law got me a blank journal that I have been using as a gardening journal. I’d like more gardening books. My mom got me my first gardening books for Christmas.

  20. Bloo's Self Reliance on October 6, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Awesome choices!!! The only one i have out of storage at the moment is Liz’s. One of my favourite books is by Bob Flowerdew – Grow Your Own, Eat Your Own I used to get it out of the library so often that I ended up getting my own copy lol. The Christopher Lloyd book looks incredible 😀 I have found a copy on Amazon but I think I will have to save my pennies cos I think Santa will choke on his coffee when he sees how much it is going for lol

  21. alice heidecker on October 6, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    I really like your well presented videos. Thank you!

  22. Jeffrey Rossi on October 6, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Glade to see your pushing books, the internet is very helpful but not the same as a cold day with a good gardening book and a hot cup of tea. Although content is very important, I will say I do gravitate towards gardening books with lots of pictures. I find there are words in the pictures that can’t be written,

  23. Dorothy Hopkins on October 6, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Just managed to get the Christopher Lloyd book second hand on Amazon for less that £10! Would love to see your house plants they look so healthy. Show us sometime please.

  24. Garden Reel on October 6, 2022 at 8:23 pm


  25. Niall Gardens on October 6, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Hope you like my book recommendations everyone. Let me know what you think! 💬

  26. Lorraine G on October 6, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Niall sorry I never commented, just realized. Great recommendation, ah Alan, the days of gardening before YouTube and he was my only go too. I really like him. There are so many go too books. I am giving one set of books to my greatest friend, she really started growing last year, and caught the bug of gardening and wants to know more. I have got so many books, that I put a ban on any for Xmas this year. Hope you enjoy the lead up to Christmas Niall. Have both a peaceful and wonderful time, thank you for all the great videos.

  27. Eilish Lafferty on October 6, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Thats a great video there. Light & cheerful. 😀 I loved it & I also see that like myself, you literally have plants everywhere! Although that storm Barra made a fair mess outside, my indoor plants are all safe & sound! 😌

  28. Lyndsey MacPherson on October 6, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Gosh, that gardening diary looks perfect. Keeping good records is so vital, and it feels right to keep that information in a bound book–gardening is that important. 💕

  29. Carole Chamberlain on October 6, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you for the information on your book suggestion. I love your plants in the background.

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