Tough Plants for Tough Places

Tough Plants for Tough Places

Invincible Plants for Every Situation

An indispensable guide to successful planting in challenging conditions

Most gardens do not have smooth, flat lawns and borders of rich, easily dug soil. We have to put up with damp, sunless corridors between houses, awkward slopes or plots shaded by trees or neighbouring buildings. Equally difficult to plant are seaside gardens exposed to gale-force winds and salt spray; waterlogged plots, where the drainage is poor; and dry ground exposed to the glare of the sun day after day, without the slightest shade. In short, few gardens benefit from perfect conditions. What you need for these sites are tough plants that will not only shrug off all the worst conditions in your garden but will actually thrive in them.

Tough Plants for Tough Places includes a directory of nearly 100 plants that are practically invincible in the specific hostile conditions they have evolved to cope with.

Sharon Amos is an author and freelance journalist specializing in gardening, crafts and interiors. She is the author of Plants for Free (Collins and Brown, 2001). Sharon writes on gardening for Country Living magazine. She lives near Maidstone, Kent.

"It seems there are plants that laugh in the face of shade, and really like the damp, while sea breezes stiffen their sinews. It's simply a matter of picking the right ones, and in this optimistic book, Amos recommends more than 100 that thrive in hostile conditions."

Saga magazine

"Although aimed at beginners, it contains advice that all gardeners would benefit from a recap of...all well explained in an easy-to-read writing style."

Gardens Illustrated Rosy Hardy

"If you are struggling with growing conditions in your garden you will find plenty of solutions in Tough Plants for Tough Places...clearly laid out with excellent illustrations and includes a comprehensive plant directory covering sun, shade, dry, damp, exposed and seaside conditions."

Reckless Gardener

"Whatever problem you have, this book can help, from assessing your garden and its microclimate, to advising on the best plants for 'difficult' conditions. This is a valuable reference manual that I, for one, will turn to time and again."

The Countryman

"Amos has produced a shrewd, indispensable and beautifully photographed reference for gardeners the UK over."

The Bay (Swansea)

"A brilliant book and a great addition to any gardener's bookshelf whether they be a beginner or experienced."

The Blackberry Garden
The Pimpernel Press Ltd
The Pimpernel Press Ltd
Product Format
230 x 170
Publication Date
Feb 9, 2023
Country of Manufacture
Number of Pages
Edition Type
30,000 words, colour illustrations throughout