Plants

If a beautiful garden is what you are after, then it’s the plants that will really bring it to life and make it sing. In this section you will find information about a range of different plants and how they can be used to best effect in your garden. Amongst other things, we look at: solutions for tricky areas; how to create impact with plants in a particular season; and topics such as plant structure, texture and colour. Read on to find out more. 

 

Katie

Designing with plant shape and form

Plants, Plan Your Garden, Shape & Form

Considering the shape and form of plants is essential for any good garden design. Here we look at how plant… Read more.

Katie

Using colour in your garden

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Colour is an important part of any garden design. In most designs, it's the plants that provide the colour, so… Read more.

Katie

Long Flowering Perennials For Your Summer Borders

Plants, Plan Your Garden

A well-designed garden provides interest from early spring through to late autumn. If clients are looking for a low maintenance… Read more.

Alison

Really Useful Little Plants

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Every designer has a "go-to" list of trusty plants that they use many times and love because they will always… Read more.

Katie

The Planting Plan Process: How it works

Plants, Plan Your Garden

With the weather starting to warm up and having spent a lot of time on designing and implementing planting plans… Read more.

Katie

Using Planting Texture in Design

Plants, Plan Your Garden

This post looks at an often forgotten tenet of garden design - texture. If you're looking to add some texture… Read more.

Katie

Shrubs to add winter sparkle to the garden

Plants, Plan Your Garden

The festive season has begun and as the temperature falls the garden is often seen as gloomy and dull and… Read more.

John

Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea)

Plants, Plan Your Garden

The copper beech, also known as purple beech, has to be one of my favourite trees - I'm fortunate enough… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: My Two Favourite Asters

Plants, Plan Your Garden

If Salvia ‘Caradonna’ is one of my go to plants for early-mid Summer, then Aster amellus ‘Violet Queen’ & Aster… Read more.

Katie

Plant Focus: Ornamental Alliums

Plants, Plan Your Garden

One of the most widely recognised and used perennials, the ornamental Allium is a tough, easy to grow plant with… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Caradonna’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

This is definitely one of my “go to” plants when preparing planting plans as it is so reliable, well behaved,… Read more.

Katie

Low Maintenance Front Garden Planting

Plants, Plan Your Garden

We recently completed the planting for a front garden for a client in Twyford. This planting needed to be low… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Rosmarinus ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

A Rosemary? Yes, I am extolling the virtues of a simple, commonly available Rosemary plant. What's to like? Rosmarinus ‘Miss… Read more.

Katie

Winter doesn’t have to mean a dull garden

Plants, Plan Your Garden

The cold weather has arrived and Christmas is quickly approaching. This is the time of year when your garden does… Read more.

Katie

Trees for Autumn colour

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Autumn, for me, is the time for trees. When you think of autumn you likely think of the fiery reds,… Read more.

Katie

Adding structure to planting borders

Plants, Plan Your Garden

A very common request when discussing planting requirements with clients is for a garden with year-round interest - it normally… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Love the flower and wafting scent of Lilac, but put off by the fact that they grow too big too… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Nandina domestica & its smaller relatives

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Until recently, Nandina domestica was little known and rarely used by gardeners in the UK, but it is now gaining… Read more.

Alison

Plant Spacing – The Garden Designer’s Dilemma

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Clients often ask me how I know how far apart to space plants when designing a new planting scheme. And… Read more.

Katie

Using Spring bulbs to add extra colour

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Spring bulbs are the underused category of plants that can really lift your garden and add a pop of colour… Read more.

Alison

The Garden in Winter

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Let’s face it, gardens don’t always look their best in mid-winter. Yet, looking out at my back garden this morning,… Read more.

Alison

Helleborus niger –The Christmas Rose

Plants, Plan Your Garden

You know it’s nearly Christmas……. when the first thing that greets you at your local garden centre is a vast… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Pittosporum tenuifolium & its cultivars

Plants, Plan Your Garden

As any ALDA Landscapes customer will tell you, I am a great fan of Pittosporums, and they feature in some… Read more.

Alison

Value For Money Plants

Plants, Plan Your Garden

At last we have had some rain, and lawns have begun to take on a hint of green - although… Read more.

Alison

Drought Tolerant Plants

Plants, Plan Your Garden

As I sit in my office writing this blog, the sun is shining gloriously outside, and it is very warm… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Some people love bright red. But many gardeners shy away from using red flowered plants in their gardens for fear… Read more.

Alison

First Glimpses of Spring

Plants, Plan Your Garden

As I sit here writing my January blog, the sky outside is grey and overcast. It seemed to take forever… Read more.

Alison

Plants To Lift The Winter Gloom

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Is it just me, or does it seem very grey and dark all of a sudden? As I sit here… Read more.

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