Ena R.

What to focus on when planning your planting scheme?

 Blog  •  Published on: 24 Feb 2017

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!

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