Throughout the book are practical projects, designed to find solutions for a wide range of garden problems. What should you grow on a balcony's trellis divider? White-flowered solanum, with rhodochiton and old-fashioned, scented sweet peas, suggests Mr Williams. What can you use to support scrambling pumpkins in a vegetable garden? Blue plastic water pipe, threaded through with thin dowel, is the answer. The pipe, strengthened by the wooden dowel, can be bent into a semicircular igloo which will support climbing French beans and tomatoes as well as squashes.
Some of the projects are too fanciful to take seriously. If I had a stepladder as good as the one shown on pages 66-67 of this book, I would not leave it awkwardly abandoned in the middle of a flower border, even to support a clematis as lovely as the `Duchess of Albany'. But that is a quibble. The book is as instructive as it is beautiful.Reuse content