(Family Features) Whether you're looking for a gift to give a gardener in your life or you're looking for some ideas, there's no shortage of new gardening books available. Here are a few books that will plant seeds of inspiration for gardeners of all ages and stages.
"The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage," by Adam Levine and David Culp.
If you've struggled with keeping continuous color in your garden, this book is for you. This book gives you expert advice on interplanting different species, choosing plants, designing and maintaining a layered garden all four seasons of the year.
"Balcony Gardening: Growing Herbs and Vegetables in a Small Urban Space," by Jeff Haase.
You don't have to have a big yard or live in the country to have a garden that gives you delicious vegetables and herbs. This book will show you how to turn your small urban space into a productive garden.
"The Age-Proof Garden: 101 practical ideas and projects for stress-free, low-maintenance senior gardening, shown step by step in more than 500 photographs," by Patty Cassidy.
From flower and herbs to fruits and vegetables, this book shows how older gardeners can continue to enjoy gardens well past retirement. The ideas and techniques included make it easier to access and maintain gardens, choose plants to stimulate all the senses, and how to use flexible features like containers, upright structures and raised beds.
"The Edible Landscape: Creating a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden with Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers," by Emily Tepe.
Everything you need to know to transform your yard into a feast for the eyes and the table. Includes intriguing plant combinations, unique structures and planting beds, and how you can grow plants like tomatoes right in your landscape beds.
"All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space," by Mel Bartholomew.
The newest edition of this popular book gives you step-by-step instructions for becoming a successful gardener. The author shares the improvements and refinements he's made over the years, and includes new sections on vertical gardening, gardening with kids, and pest control.
"Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard," by Pam Penick.
Tired of pouring time, sweat and money into maintaining your lawn? These no-mow, drought tolerant, money saving ideas for lawn alternatives are perfect for beginning gardeners. The author covers alternative grasses, ground cover plants, artificial turf, hardscaping, mulch and more.
These next books haven't been released yet, but you can pre-order them on Amazon.com:
"Gifts from the Garden: 100 Gorgeous Homegrown Presents," by Debora Robertson.
Turn your garden bounty into beautiful, practical and edible gifts. Divided into categories of Flowers and Herbs, and Fruit, Vegetables and Nuts, the author includes gifts that are edible, for your home and for your wellbeing. Examples include potted bulbs in teacups, decorated personal seed packets, lavender, rose and chamomile bubble bath, flower and fruit lip balms and a pizza herb window box.
Touch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening with Kids - Simple Ways to Attract Birds, Butterflies, Toads, and More to Your Garden," by April Pulley Sayre.
Create a garden that invites wildlife and opens up a whole new world if investigation and inspiration. Transform trees into bird and animal habitats, turn your garden into a haven for hummingbirds and butterflies, and discover simple ways you can support wildlife in your immediate environment no matter where you live.
"Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers," by Miche Bacher.
This book shows how easy - and tasty - it can be to incorporate edible flowers into everyday recipes. You'll find simple, fresh recipes like Violet Jam, Lavender Lemonade, Pansy Petal Pancakes and Carrot Sunflower Cake.