What to focus on when planning your planting scheme?
Lucky for us here in Ireland our temperate climate allows us to grow plants from almost every part of the globe. Hence, my interest in Peter Fudge a well known garden designer based in Australia. I recently read this article and was inspired by Peter's top trios, planted in his own garden and can be seen in this wonderful photo taken by Robin Powell.
Foreground: Kalanchoe tomentosa, Crassula ovate, Westringia 'Jervis Gem'
Back: rosemary, Raphiolepis 'Oriental Pearl', Kalanchoe 'Silver Spoons'
So what to focus on?
- Don't be sucked in by dazzling flowers.
- Look at plants especially deciduous trees and shrubs in their bare state in Winter.
- Focus on creating contrasts and complements in forms (mounds, mats, fountains, columns); textures (glossy, felty, leathery, feathery); foliage colour (green, blue, silver, burgundy, striped, splodged, splashed); and density (airy, frothy, dense).
- Ensure that the plants you choose like the same aspect and soil conditions.
- If they work why not repeat or extend them throughout the garden as required.
His advise is inspirational!