The book goes into great detail. There are descriptions to lead you into a subject, then case studies and then master classes. I like this approach. You can take from it what you want at whatever level you are at.
The chapters take us though layering with plants, plants for small gardens and also mini wildlife havens. There is a good chapter on sustainable small spaces and I was very pleased to see a section on container planting. When I had a much (much) smaller than I have now container planting was a necessary way of bringing colour and change into the garden. I have more space now and I still use containers a lot. There is also a chapter on food growing.
There is a discussion about soil types, which is vitally important to understand if you want to do anything lasting and meaningful with your garden. There is also discussion about aspect and Noel seems to advocate on behalf of south-facing as best, with west-facing being second best. Now here I have to confess I once bought a house by leafleting one one side of the road choosing houses I liked the look of. After we had moved in, a new neighbour on realising this, asked why they had not received a leaflet. I just explained that their side of the road did not have south facing gardens. In my current house however whilst again, I admit before going into the house I stood outside with a compass, I would have bought it anyway. I just needed to know what I was dealing with (south-westerly if you're interested).
The book finishes with a plant selector that is highly detailed. Not every plant has a picture but I believe that the internet has search engines that can help with that.
At the end of the book is a list of the designers whose work features in the book with their contact details. This is a nice touch.
The photographs in the book are by Maayke de Ridder and they are good and clear. They show well what the gardens look like and what is being described.
I like this book and I think it does give inspiration if you are thinking about making changes to your garden and then gives you the information you need to make it happen.
new small Garden is published by Frances Lincoln