Plants always look good in the garden centres, but how to combine them to good effect in your own garden, and what about landscape aspects in the garden such as paths and steps? On this page and the linked pages are planting ideas and suggestions.
Image left is simple but effective: Santolina grouped around a stone. Santolina easy to grow small shrub which originates from the mediterrean happy in a dry spot and will grow on poor soil and looks ideal with the large stone.
It can also be very effective to group plants together as in the centre image with ferns on mass.
In the image far right, is a lovely bright spring combination of Euonymus fortuneri 'Emerald 'n' Gold' and easy to grow shrub which is combined with Aquilegia 'swan lavender' and front of the image and adding to the bright spring combination is a yellow rhododendron. All are easy to grow plants which will really brighten up the border.
In some gardens, repetition of the same plant can create a strong theme as in the middle image. Steps and paths can be softened by planting, Obelisks can provide extra height. Gardening is all about personal preferences in terms of plant types and colour combination. Roses are beautiful, but few of us have the time to devote to growing them and more practical solutions are needed. Below are further images and ideas with links to additional pages to help you chose what suits you and your garden best.
Gardening along our shoreline presents some particular challenges in terms of plant selection and this link will show ideas for plants suitable for a sea side garden
How to create a lavender path
Lavender is lovely along a path. It softens the hard landscaping and the Lavender plant will naturally release it's scent when brushed against making it idea for paths. There are many varieties of lavender with varying shades and in the right conditions it is easy to grow. Tips on how grow Lavender and create a lavender path
There are endless plant combinations depending on your preferences whether contrasting plants or colour themed. These links are to some pages with plant combinations ideas and the only matter to bear in mind when putting together ideas is to check flowering times. Even between varieties the flowering time can vary greatly. For example this link to Grasses shows some great combination of grasses with Allium. Generally Allium are known as a spring flowering plant but for this combination it is essential to pick a summer flowering variety of Allium.
Plants for steps, and crevices
Steps and stones can look good with plants growing in crevices. If you have dry conditions, Erigeron is ideal and once established self seeds wildly. In wetter more shaded condition the ivy leaves toad flax which is a common wild flower will establish itself in crevices and look very attractive. This is also true of Thymus being a mediterranean herb they love it dry and stoney.
|Climbing plants are ideal to grow up a obelisk to create height and extra colour in the border. The image left is Passiflora caerulea an easy to grow climber. There are many " patio" Clematis suitable for growing up shorter a obelisk and I have several permanent obelisk set in the borders to add in climbing plants . For ideas on easy to grow climbing plants|