When people look at my garden they are often intimidated because I have thousands of plants living happily in a smallish space. But what most visitors don?t realize is that this lush profusion is based on having essential plants in the right place. It?s like providing a framework on which to hang your whole garden planting plan.
We all have prejudices and this list is my taste. These plants, however, will grow in most parts of the country.? They are tough and they are gorgeous. If you planted nothing but those on this list you would have a lovely little garden and be on your way to adding masses of new plants to go with them.
I?ve broken the list down into categories to make the idea easier?
These should always be put in first: A native tree well placed is the first thing you want to have:
The next layer: shrubs, placed relatively close to a tree enough to make a statement but not close enough to mess up root systems. They will act as screening plants will give some privacy and blot out anything you hate in your surroundings.
Move the eye down to the 1.3M level and plant tall perennials such as
All gardens need them and if you can?t grow them in the ground get them into large containers:
Make a basic list of your own favourite colours and textures and give your own garden a solid framework for future plants. It won?t cost a fortune and will pay off in longevity.
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For basic plants, always try to find native plants to start with. They are tough, will grow in your area and when cultivated varieties wimp out they?ll be carrying on.
And think about these plants in layers. Don?t think about putting in plants on a sheerly vertical framework. Consider the largest tree down to the ground covers you are putting them in with every part of the horizontal space in your head.