Garden History

Books includes traditions that have dominated gardening since ancient times include the Islamic garden, the Mediterranean, the Roman garden and the Chinese garden, which both influencing European gardening, and more recent the Japanese garden. While the basic gardening techniques were fairly well understood by trial and error from early on, the plants available in a particular location have changed enormously, especially in recent centuries. Many new groups of plants have been introduced from other parts of the world, and the ornamental plants now used are mostly cultivars bred to improve qualities such as colour, length of flowering, size and hardiness.

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