Design in gardens is easy to get wrong, horticultural knowledge is essential so that specimens planted will fit in the spaces when the plants mature. Having said this, it is enormous fun planning your new garden and often the mistakes made initially are solved by better placement and the choice of plant. We are experienced landscapers, our horticultural knowledge of what affect different plants will have on a size and style of garden will help to have the greatest impact once they are established.
So often planting is done with little horticultural understanding. The balance between annuals and perennials is useful, but understanding sizes and speed of perennial herbaceous and shrub growth is essential to a well balanced garden once the plants establish. All perennials flower at different points from spring right through to winter, to create a wonderful herbaceous border, shrubbery or a mixture you must have a variety of plants that will give you flowering plants all through the year. A client of ours once said, "When one flower starts to finish its flowering period, another starts! Fabulous, such a joy to have pretty flowers all summer!"
Shape & Colour
The colour, shape & texture of leaves and its flowers makes up the form of each individual plant. The form of all plants makes them appealing or not to have in a flower bed. This choice can easily be down to you, this is the fun of gardening. However it is the balance of combining many choices of plants together that makes good garden design a challenge. Plants should be planted next to each other with different forms to provide interest. A sword shape leafed plant such as Iris germanica should not be planted next to a similarly leafed plant such as Crocosmis lucifer. The contrast between a bushy broad leafed plant and a sword shape leaf plant gives a much stronger effect. The same principle should be continued when placing plants with different texture and also colour of leaf too.