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 5 GREAT PLANTS FOR SUCCESSFUL PLANTING

 

Five great plants we alway try to include in are gardens designs.  Easy to grow and to care for.  An ideal plant for a low maintenance gardens  Each plant is extremely versatile.  They can be used successfully in contemporary, traditional, tropical or zen planting schemes.  And each plant works effortlessly with a wide variety of plants.  Enabling you create truly stunning planting combinations.   Plants you will want to use over and over again in your garden design.

 

 

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1# ALLIUMS GARDEN SERVICES EXETER ⋅ TOPSHAM

 

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Add purple ‘lollipops’ floating in the spring breeze.  Alliums are instantly reconisable.  Adding interest and colour to any garden design.  A great choice for a sunny border.  Raised beds or rendered walled planters.  Alliums work well in both a traditional or contemporary garden design.  Alliums flower in late spring to early summer.  Great for cut flower displays.  Alliums work well planted in coloured drifts combines.  With oranamental grasses or other coloured plants.  Try adding aganpthus and echincea.

 

 

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Plant bulbs or plants in sunny position.  Allliums like a well drained soil.  The bulbs don’t like water logging.  They tend to rot.  Add grit to clay soil to imporve drainage or when planting in raised beds.   Mulch in winter to proctect bulbs from frost.  Alliums are great for encouraging wildlife in your garden.  The nectar-pollon rich flowers attract many insects.  Including butter flies, bees and moths.

 

 

Alliums ⋅ globemaster ⋅ marsh ‘mellow’ ⋅ ‘his excellancy’

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Three alliums you want to used time and time again in your garden.  Plant in groups to produce swathes of pastal colours. Globe master produces the largest flower head.  Always mulch allium marsh ‘mellow’ over the winter.  Allium ‘his excellency’  flowers late spring to early summer.  Producing pink,  globe-shaped flower heads of star-shaped florets.   

 

 

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Looks great with 1   box hedging ⋅ stipa ‘feather’ grass ⋅ hebes ⋅ eyrngium ⋅ tulip blue parrot

Looks great with 2 forget-met nots ⋅ sedum ⋅ poppy ⋅ hosta ⋅ box ⋅ achillea

 

 

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PLANTING COMBINATIONS

Modern italian ⋅ allium ⋅ olive ½ standard ⋅ hebe ⋅ phormium ‘baby bronze’

Relaxed box ⋅ allium ⋅ erynium ⋅ skimmia ⋅ pittosporum ‘tom thumb’ ⋅ olive ½ standard ⋅ box hedging

 

 

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2# Crocosmiagarden services exeter ⋅ topsham

 

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One of our favourite plants. Bold fast growing plant.  With hot red flowers.  Crocosmia prouces swathes of sword like lush green folliage.  Irs green bladed folliage contrasts well with the plate like flowers of achillea.  Crocosmia works well in contemporary, traditional, tropical or zen garden designs.  Great for creating hot colours combinations in your garden.  Combine its red flowers with yellow, purples and magenta. 

Combine crocosmia with similar blade plants, such as phormiums.  Choice a dark variety such as phormum baby bronze.  Its dark folliage will contrast well with the crocosmias lush green leaves.   Creating a dark dark drop for the crocosmias hot red flowers.

 

 

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Create islands of red colour.   Always plant in crocomia in groups for maximium impact.  Creating bold drifts of colour from july to october.  Crocosmia lucifer is  a rich red variety.   Well worth adding to your garden design.  Its lush green foliage looks great edging hardwood decking. 

Croscosmia ‘lucifer’  likes a well-drained soil in full sun.  Divide clumps every couple of years.  This wil help tosencourages bright red long lasting blooms.

 

Looks great with rudbeckia ⋅ verbena ⋅ achillea ⋅ agapnathus ⋅ kniphothia ⋅ phormiums ⋅ stipa ⋅ echinops ⋅ smoke bush ⋅ bamboo

 

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PLANTING COMBINATIONS

Relaxed pairie ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ rubeckia ⋅ verbena ⋅ pennisetum grass ⋅ euphorbia ⋅ phormiums

Bladed colour ⋅ allium ⋅ achillea ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ heuchera ⋅ acer

 

 

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3# Phormiums garden services exeter ⋅ topsham

 

 

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Phormiums are the ideal plant for adding archiectural shapes to a garden.  Phormiums work well in both contemporary and traditional garden designs.  They are also great addition to tropical and zen planting schemes. Phormium look great combined with bolders and gravel beds. Add other archetural plants to add contrast.  A Smoke bush contrasts well with lighter green phormium varieties such as tricolour.  Add colour for inererste.  Irises and canna lillies for a tropical feel.

 

 

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Plant phormiums in full sun.   Phormiums grow well in moist well drained soils.  Take care.  Phormiums will rot in water logged conditions.  Add grit to improve soil drainage.  They can also be prone to frost damage, particularly the red varirites.  Wrap up plants in insulation,  before any extreme snaps. Phormiums are tolerant of salty winds.  Making themm a great addition to any coastal garden planting scheme.

 

 

Phormiums ⋅ tricolour ⋅ firebird ⋅ baby bronze

 

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Phormiums look great planting in groups.  The variagated tricolour varierty looks great against a dark backdrop.  Create contrast.  Combine phormium tricolour with phormium baby bronze, berberis or a smoke bush.  Baby bronze loks greate  with hot colours, particalary reds.  Combine with scarlet verbena.  

 

Looks great with 1 skimmia ⋅ vebena ⋅ rhododendrons ⋅ euphorbia ⋅ camelia ⋅ azalea ⋅ bamboo

 

 

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PLANTING COMBINATIONS

Relaxed pairie ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ rubeckia ⋅ verbena ⋅ pennisetum grass ⋅ euphorbia ⋅ phormiums

Modern tropical ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ helenium ⋅ hosta ⋅ acer ⋅ phormium tricolour ⋅ phormium ⋅  bronze ⋅  fatsia

 

 

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4# Verbena ⋅ garden services exeter ⋅ sidmouth

 

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A traditional plant that equally works well in a contemporary garden design.  Verbena is under rated, unfussy plant.  Its great for softening bold timber structures when planted as screen.   This uprignt perennial  weaves in and out of neighbouring plants.  Producing swathes purple.  Each purple head, containing an array of tiny lavender florets.  Great for adding summer colour and  height to beds and borders.

Verbeana is a long flowing plant that requires minimal attention.  Great for low maintenance gardens.  Verbena works well planted with cool colours such as agapanthus or lavender.  Verbena will also hold its own with hot colours.  Cobine verbena with rocosmia, rudbeckia and kniphothia.

 

 

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Verbenas like a free draining soil.  It thrives in direct sunlight.  Verbena will also tolerant dry conditions.  Try to water its base weekly, during the flowering season.  Will encourage further blooms during the summer.   Don’t cut back dead stems until they are replaced with new ones in spring.  Plants can be prone to frost damage.  Mulch top of plants if a servere frost is on its way.   Plants are self sowing, replacing any plants kill by frost.   Verbenas flowers are rich in nectar.  Great for encouring butterflies into you garden.

 

Looks great with  1 ⋅ agapanthus (white blue) ⋅   crocosmia ⋅ echinacea ⋅ rudbeckia ⋅ mischanthus grass

Looks great with 2 ⋅ festuca grass ⋅ hosta ⋅ sun flower ⋅ sedum ⋅ heuchera ⋅ lavendar ⋅ echinops

 

 

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PLANTING COMBINATIONS

Colours & contrast ⋅ echinacea ⋅ verbena ⋅ helenium ⋅ achillea white ⋅ erigon ⋅ heuchera ⋅ euphorbia ⋅ smoke bush

Hot dry ⋅ lavender ⋅ verbena ⋅ hebe ⋅ globe thistle ⋅ stipa ⋅ box balls

 

 

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5# Box hedging ⋅ topary ⋅ garden services exeter

 

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Box is a vertilile plant you will want to use over and over in your garden design.  Box hedging  creates the backbone of a formal planting scheme.  It looks great framing beds in both traditional and contemporary garden designs. 

Add shapes and interest to your box hedging.  Try adding compact hebes , shield ferns, box balls or box pyramids.  Combine with muted colours.  Lavender, iris and agapnathus.  Or maybe add hot colours.  Crocosmia, rudbeckia or yellow tulips.

 

 

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Box is  vigorous  evergreen shrub. Ideal for low hedging or screening. Box topiary is availible in a variety of shapes including cubes, pyramids, balls and spirials.  Box will grow in a most well drained moist soil.  In full sun or partially shade.

When shaping topiary,  less is always more.  Always lightly trim your shapes in mid to to late summer.  Hard pruning will result in to bald spots.  Feed plants with buxus feed, for a lush appearance.  Water in dry periods to prevent plants from scorching and turning brown. 

 

 

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Look good with ⋅ agapanthus ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ iris ⋅ lavender ⋅ daphodils⋅ tulips ⋅ hebes ⋅ phormium camelia ⋅ rhododendrons ⋅ tulips

 

PLANTING COMBINATIONS

Box italian ⋅ allium ⋅ erygium ⋅ lavender ⋅ skimmia ⋅ pittosporum ⋅ box hedging ⋅ olive ½ standard

Formal box ⋅ allium ⋅ yellow tulips ⋅ lavender ⋅ hebes ⋅box hedging

 

Landscape Garden Designer ⋅ Exeter ⋅ Devon ⋅England. Interests ⋅ Traditional Garden Design ⋅ Contemporary Garden Design. Passion for Plants ⋅ Planting Combinations.

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