Michael King

Learn from the expert how to create your own new-style, naturalistic planting schemes.

Here you will find a range of blog posts, e-Books, online training courses and even the chance to consult directly with Michael King

Michael King

As spring arrives, early planting partners find associations that later will either disappear or change with perhaps just one plant dominating. The speed of growth in early spring is exciting …

Some plants are recommended time and again whilst others, even though they are better, are completely ignored. This is I suppose not only the province of plants, people are also …

e-Books to read on tablet and computer

Perennial Meadows

Six unique books offering detailed planting schemes for different garden situations and styles.


Perennial Meadows
Grass eBook cover

Ornamental Grasses

Two books covering both designing with grasses and recommendations of the best varieties for garden use.

Grass Planting Plans

Grass Planting Plans

My latest book illustrating the most useful grasses for use in garden borders.

Detailed planting plans show how the different types of grasses can be used in combination with other plants.

Perennial Planting Plans

Learn how to choose and set out pernnials to create dramatic planting schemes.

Trees, shrubs, bulbs and grasses all play a part in these planting plans.

Perennial Planting Plans eBook
shrub features book

Shrub Features

Learn how to place shrubs and trees into garden designs and surround them with appropriate perennials.

The Mixed border is dead, shrub feature borders have arrived.


Tulips bring spectacle to the garden in spring. Learn how to use them well in the garden.

Tulips will enrich your perennial meadow planting schemes.

Tulips eBook

online study courses

Michael King

Learning with Experts

Michael is one of the senior tutors at Learning with Experts; leaders in online training to professional level for gardeners and garden designers. Courses are offered by many of the best known gardening names.
4 x video lectures, 4 x assignments with direct tutor contact over a 4 x week period.

Perennial Meadow Gardening

Learn how to combine theme and complementary perennial plants together and make ecologically sound naturalistic planting schemes.

Students seem to really enjoy the assignments and my comprehensive feedback.

Gardening with Grasses

Together with Piet Oudolf I wrote one of the first contemporary books on ornamental grasses. For more than two decades I have grown grasses and used them in my garden designs. In this course you learn the background to the roles garden designers have found for using grasses in both private and public gardens.

The emphasis here is on designing — using the best species and cultivars available.