RHS What’s That Weed?

New guide for the seasoned gardener looking to identify, manage, and control the weeds in their gardeners.

Book cover for What's that Weed?

Weed identification can be tricky for the novice as well as the seasoned gardener. Garden expert, Guy Barter lifts the lid on the identification of common weeds, their impact on your garden and how to manage them. Barter explains how weeds grow and in what conditions. Discover their benefit to wildlife, biodiversity, and their role in the environment, plus whether it has ornamental, herbal, or edible properties that you might want to make the most of.

This guide covers 40 weeds commonly found in gardens in Europe and North America. Alongside well-known weeds such as nettles, dock, dandelions, and bindweed, you’ll find hawksbeard, pearlwort, ivy-leaved speedwell, and pennycress.

The book provides:

  • Detailed photographs and diagrams of each element of the plant, from roots to leaves
  • Specific tools to help recognise weeds throughout their entire life cycles, from starting out as seedlings before growing into mature flowers.
  • The best way to manage each weed and curate the perfect plants for your patch.
  • Each weed’s place within the ecosystem is listed, along with benefits, such as use as an ornamental, herbal, or edible plant
  • Every element of the 40 weeds along each stage of their life cycle, enabling clear identification for gardeners.

Guy Barter is the RHS Chief Horticultural Advisor and now runs the RHS members’ advisory service.

RHS What’s That Weed?: Know Your Weeds and Learn to Live with Them (DK) will be released on the 7th of March 2024.