With so many excellent gardening books around, your favourite gardener will be spoiled for choice! If edibles are their thing, check out the Never Mind the Burdocks series on foraging by Eden Project expert Emma Gunn. With a book for each season, packed with great advice and interesting flavours, they’ll cast a new and tasty perspective on countryside walks ( nevermindtheburdocks.co.uk).
Meanwhile, for a holistic approach to gardening, try The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019 by Lia Leendertz (Mitchell Beazley, £10). Stars and stories, baking and beehives, it is perfect to add depth and texture to the coming year.
Brilliant and Wild: A Garden From Scratch in a Year by Lucy Bellamy (Pimpernel Press, £20) will offer hope and inspiration to anyone faced with a blank canvas while, if the canvas is anything but blank and could use pepping up and shaking down, try Nick Bailey’s Revive Your Garden (Kyle Books, £25). And always worthy of a mention are The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (Bloomsbury Wildlife, 16.99), a poignant tale of rewilding an urban garden from Kate Bradbury, and The Story of the English Garden (Pavilion Books, £25) by Ambra Edwards.