Right Plant, Right Place by Nicola Ferguson book review

Over 1400 Selected Plants for Every Situation in the Garden.

This book has been my plant bible for over 20 years. I use it to suggest plants for those places where regular plants do not do well. For example, part of my front garden only gets a glimpse of the morning sun and then spends the rest of the day in the shadow of the house. When we moved here our back garden was heavy clay with all the top soil scraped away by the builders. Years of plant growing and composting has improved the soil but at the beginning I was glad of some suggestions as to what would do well.

Illustration from Right Plant Right Place.

The book is divided into sections such as ‘Plants suitable for heavy clay soils’, ‘Plants suitable for dry soils in hot, sunny sites’, ‘Plants tolerant of dense shade’, and so on.

Each plant suggestion has a photograph and information about its flowering season, colour and height. This is followed by a paragraph describing the plants particular features and where it is best grown.

The large pages generally have six plants to a page. The way I have used the book is to go to the section that best describes the area I want to plant, such as damp shade, and then choose some plants from the suggestions. I can then go to my local Garden Centre and select the plants from of position of knowledge.

My version of the book was published in 1986. It was re-published in hardcover in 2005. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is planting out a new garden or to someone who is going to make major changes to their planting scheme.