Plants Selection

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Changing or adding plants can transform your garden and provide year-round interest.

I offer advice on plant selection (right plant right place): whether you are after a single specimen to make a big impact,  or wish to create an herbaceous or mixed border.

Supplying Garden Plants

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I use local trade plant and specialist nurseries to source your plants. I usually visit the nursery to select the plants prior to delivery, ensuring that you get plants in tip top condition. Plants I can supply include:

  • Bulbs
  • Climbers
  • Grasses & Bamboo
  • Hedging
  • Herbaceous Perennials
  • Roses
  • Shrubs including Topiary
  • Small tree

I also offer a planting service to give the plants the best start in your garden.

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Advice on planting:

Budget Advice

  • Plants costs can vary enormously – for example a small tree can vary from £10’s to £1,000s. Hence you need to have an ideal of your budget before calling me. I can then advise whether you budget is realistic and how to make best use of it
  • When thinking of a budget – think of your garden as another room in your house. When you redecorate a room you normally work out a budget on what you have available to spend on that project before you start buying, so do the same for a garden. Think what do you want to spend on the garden
  • Forget bargain buys at the supermarket – to plant a garden you’ll need to buy a selection of plants from a local nursery, these cost more money, because they offer more choice and availability.
  • Garden centres know that most customers make impulse buys based on whether the plant looks good. This means that garden centres only sell plants which they term as “looking good” for example when they are in flower, they don’t really care if they would suit your garden, soil or position.
  • Big plants cost much more than small plants – you are paying for time in the nursery. A few select specimens may be worth paying extra for, if your budget allows. Else smaller plants will mature within a few years

Plants Advice

  • TV shows and show gardens whilst inspiring can offer false expectations when it comes to budget and instantly mature plant
  • Some show gardens the plants have been forced to flower (early or late) so that all plants are in flower for the show. This would not be possible in a normal garden and would not provide any seasonal interest
  • Often these show gardens have been over-planted i.e. planted up to a high density of plants for instant impact. Whilst this looks good on TV it would be very expensive to try to replicate. Correct planting should be done using groups of smaller plants, appropriately spaced so that the garden will be relatively mature in 3-5 years.
  • As mentioned a few choice specimen plants can help with instant impact whilst the main planting matures. Also, low cost plants such as annuals (bedding) can be used to fill the initial spaces between the longer-term planting, to help mask the gaps.





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