Bob Flowerdew's Complete Book of Companion Gardening by Bob Flowerdew
The concept of companion gardening is very simple: plants do not grow in isolation; rather, the conditions in which a plant grows and, more specifically, the plants that grow nearby, will almost certainly affect its well-being. Expert Bob Flowerdew looks at which plants are useful for specific purposes: those that act as shade protectors for others, accumulate minerals and return them to the soil where others can benefit, or attract wildlife pollinators. He considers which conditions will best suit a plant and discusses other elements essential to the garden, such as color and scent, patterns of planting, and design. This is a complete guide based on years of experience; it is full of imaginative planting ideas and supplemented by helpful lists of plants that are suitable for specific positions in the garden or that thrive in combination.