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Planting

Expert advice on the plants that will meet your design expectations and thrive within your garden space.

softening the space

Once all the hard landscaping is finished on site the soft landscaping can begin. This will incorporate the introduction of new soil and the planting of shrubs trees and plants. This stage of the build can bring your garden alive with colour and texture and help to soften the overall look.

 

To make sure planting is successful we always analyse your soil and select plant varieties that will grow well in your garden. The soil type, natural drainage and soil ph level can all affect which plants we choose as well as the garden aspect, shelter and proximity to the sea.

We can provide a planting plan as part of your garden design and help you choose varieties that will suit your garden. We take into account the amount of light your garden gets through the day and what colours and textures best fit within your space. Our expertise can give you the peace of mind of knowing all the plants and trees in your garden will be healthy and flourish.

 

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Ericaceous plants (acid loving plants) will do well in soils that have a ph of 6.5 or less. Whereas a ph level of 7.5 or over is classed as alkaline rich soil and won’t have the nutrients to support some varieties of plants. Below is a small selection of acid and alkaline tolerating plants that may help to determine what will grow well in your garden.

Plants that Tolerate Acid Soils:
 Cypress, 
Yews
, Dwarf Spruce, 
Dogwood, 
Azalea, 
Rhododendron
, Hydrangea, 
Blueberries

Alkaline Tolerant Plants: 
Boxelder, Acer
, Japanese Barberry,  Berberis, 
Hackberry, 
Russian olive, Crab-apple, 
Locusts, 
Arrow-wood, Viburnum

Sun requiring plants: most of the herbs, Petunia, Lavender, Daylily, Aster, Sunflower…

Shade tolerant plants: Hostas, Ferns, Ivy, Hellebore…


Planting Design

We design planting plans that work within a colour scheme or theme, choosing foliage and flowers that offer year round interest and have maintenance levels that fit within your requirements.

We can incorporate your favourite plants, flowers, colours and styles to reflect your personal taste and compliment the overall garden design.

We plan for the long term choosing plants that will grow and mature into their space and aim for year round appeal with spring bulbs, long-lasting flowers, evergreens, berries and autumn colours. Plants can be used functionally for screening, shading and softening structural elements of your garden. They can also provide culinary and sensory input with scented blooms, herbs, fruit and vegetables all possible inclusions on your planting scheme.

 

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Spring interest: bulbs and other low growing, usually ground cover plants. As they are from the lower level of the forests they need to bloom before the trees makes dark shade. Blooming of a lots of shrubs and fruit trees start in the middle and late spring.
Bulbs: Tulips, Daffodils, Snowdrop, Crocus, Hyacinth…
Ground covers: Veronica, Thymus, Hellebore…
Spring blooming shrubs and trees: Forsythia, Magnolia, Japanese dogwood trees, Cherry trees, Redbud, Willows, Quince…

Summer interest: annuals, summer blooming perennials and shrubs, shrubs and trees grown for fruits, ground cover plants grown for their foliage.
Annuals and perennials:  Clematis, Daylily, Foxglove, Hibiscus, Stonecrop…
Summer blooming shrubs:  Bluebeard, Butterfly bush, Hydrangea, Potentilla, Tormentil, Roses, Smoke bush, Spiraea, Summersweet.
Fruit growing shrubs and trees: Rowan, Dogwood, Cherry trees, Quince, Viburnum

 

Autumn interest: shrubs and trees with autumn colour: Acer, Rowan, Dogwood, Hornbeam, Hawthorn, Spindle, Cherry…
Fruit grown in autumn: Beauty berry, Crab apple, Cranberry bush, Firethorn, Nandina, Creeper…

 

Winter interest: there are huge various of evergreens, even conifers and broadleaves, but a few species can attract with their ornamental barks.
Conifers: Juniper, Pine trees, Yew, Larch, Spruce…
Broadleaves: Barberry, Boxwood, some Euonymus, Viburnum and Privet species…
Ornamental barks: some Dogwood species,  Silver birch…

 

Besides all of these above, there is an other group of plants which we mustn’t forget: these are the eye-catchers which with their dramatic foliage, special habit requires special place in the garden and give a particular mood of their environment.
Eye-catchers:  Yucca, Flax,  Cabbage palm, ferns, palms, ornamental grasses, sedges and bamboos.