CONTENTS:- Introduction; Forming the Flower Garden ; The Parterre; The Bedding System and the Plants Required for it; Cultivation of Bedding Plants; A Selection of Bedding Plants; Hardy Border Flowers; A Selection of Hardy Herbaceous Plants; Tender Border Flowers; Hardy Annuals and Biennials; The Rose Garden; The American Garden; The Subtropical Garden; The Perpetual Flower Garden; The Rockery and Alpine Garden; Flowers for Winter Bouquets; The Making and the Management of the Lawn; Garden Vermin; Additional Selections; Reminders of Monthly Work;
The book attempt to cover all aspects of the outdoor garden. It starts with four chapters on bedding schemes and bedding plants, first chapter "Forming the flower Garden," puts them firmly in their place. Following the bedders, author describes the herbaceous border. After a long list of potential border plants these is a short chapter on "Tender Border Flowers," which include several plants we would consider plain annuals. The Rose garden is Hibberd's next topic. His design for a rose garden is like a bedding parterre. In "The Perpetual Flower Garden," we find an exposition of the author's plunging system, accomplished by keeping plants in pots and transporting them. In discussing the lawn the author is sound, and especially in interesting in comparing the merits of collecting grass cuttings or letting then be scattered on the truf as a mulch. The final chapter is on "Garden Vermin." "Grow your plants well and you will be very little troubled by Vermin," says author. Even todays antichemical propagandists would not agree entirely with that. A well illustrated book must for horticulturists, students and those who are interested in gardening.