The plants in these lists are grouped to suit the differing ways they are used in thefeatured within this site. Firstly they are divided into plants that tolerate either sun or shade, or plants that prefer one or the other: if a sunny or is to be planted, you will need to choose plants to suit these conditions. Under each heading the plants are divided into or , so that you can achieve a balance between spring and summer colour and the substance of evergreen shrubs in winter; then they are subdivided by ‘habit’. This is vital in a garden as it will tell you if it will keep the weeds down itself or if it needs underplanting.
Accent plants get a separate listing as they are so necessary to stop any planting being dull. If your border has few flowers, bold foliage or form is the answer.
Trees,, alpines and have their own separate needs, so they get their own sections.
The plants are arranged to make it as easy as possible to design your own borders a) where there are no planting plans or b) if your garden has a different orientation to the plan. Most of the plants on the plans are included, with a few others for you to try out. Planting should be fun. Be adventurous. If you don’t like the results make notes during the summer and re-arrange the plants in the autumn.
THE PLANT GROUPINGS
The plants are arranged by height in each group