If the season has you geared up for gardening, then now is the time for some inspired page turning.
The Art of Outdoor Living: Gardens for Entertaining Family and Friends
Exterior architect Scott Shrader shares the grounds and gardens of 12 chic, modern projects, all wondrously linked to their homes and all designed for entertaining and living well outdoors. Rizzoli, $50, Cactus & Tropicals, SLC
Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden
Garden pro Kate Frey serves up 100 easy-to-follow tips and beautiful illustrations to help you create, install and care for healthy flourishing gardens. Timber Press, $20, King’s English Bookshop, SLC.
Brilliantly documenting 12 gardens of varied sizes and stature, photographer Andre Baranowski promotes the idea that nurturing naturally styled gardens can and should live in harmony with our surroundings. Rizzoli, $45, Cactus & Tropicals, SLC
Private Gardens of Santa Barbara
Landscape designer Margie Grace welcomes us into 18 of her sun-soaked, sustainable California gardens, offering insight into the plantings, hardscape and distinct style that defines each of their compelling designs. Gibbs-Smith, $50, Gibbs-smith.com
The Art of the Garden
Relais & Chateaux hospitality insiders showcase the gardens of 15 famed establishments, then take you inside where these landscapes inspire decors, celebrations, cuisine and cocktails for you to recreate at home. Rizzoli, $55, Cactus & Tropicals, SLC
Gardens of Style: Private Hide-aways of the Design World
Author Janelle McCulloch provides entrance into the private gardens of esteemed fashion and interior design pros, showcasing the landscapes that influence their celebrated creations. Rizzoli, $55, Cactus & Tropicals, SLC
Perennials: The Gardener’s Reference
A forever-favorite, richly illustrated and practical directory containing more than 2,700 species and cultivars replete with descriptions, charts and hands-on tips for gardeners of all skill lever. Timber Press, $50, Western Garden Centers SLC