Planting Guide

CLIMBERSClimbing plants can be either annual or perennial. Some species are self-climbing whilst others require supports. Climbing plants provide versatile and attractive screening, for any garden and offer a wide range of flowers, lovely foliage shapes, autumn colours and/or evergreen effects. Climbers can be planted and seen to their best effects near walls, colonnades, trellis, pergolas, walkways and arches and can provide lovely dappled shading effects over sunny terraces and balconies when required.

Climbers are an indispensable and versatile plant for most garden areas. Without climbers we would not be able to soften the often hard lines of architecture and offer a versatile camouflage screening to fences and walkways. There is such a wide and varied selection of climbing plants available that we will focus here on perennials only. These are the most commonly used as they don’t require re-planting each year and also they carry on growing year after year, providing an annual stunning visual impact in any garden with minimal care and attention.

GRASSES

Ornamental grasses are unique in relation to most other outdoor garden perennials. Grasses can be brightly coloured, strong and dark or pale and neutral, large or small, minimal or dense. Grasses offer a wealth of beauty and texture and many species tend to change in appearance throughout the seasons.

Grasses also provide interesting sounds and wonderful movement within a garden. When breezes blow through them they offer a lovely, gentle rustling sound and their shape and stature can often reflect the shapes of the breezes that blow through them. Ornamental grasses surpass other garden planting for their luminescence and their flowers and foliage are most often dramatic when back lit by the sun. Grasses, no matter what shape or size, offer a strong linear presence to the garden.

LIVING WALLS

Living green walls also known as ‘Living Walls’ - ‘Green Walls’ and ‘Vertical Gardens’ are the preferred up-to-the-minute planting option for all commercial and residential schemes, inside and out. The effectiveness of the hydroponic growing system is based on eco-friendly technology, proven green values and finally not forgetting their beautiful aesthetic effects. Plants are pre-grown and according to your preferred planting design, are positioned in the chosen place within the green wall.

Living green walls suit both external and internal locations. Successful projects to date include; schools, hospitals, office interiors, hotel foyers, retail outlets, cafes/restaurants, gardens, courtyards and beyond. Vertical living green walls can also be utilised as clever, effective and beautiful, green boundary screening!

Green walls also known as ‘Living Walls’ are becoming more and more popular and are being installed on a wide range of commercial and domestic schemes. Their effectiveness is down to their fantastic aesthetic effect, eco-friendly technology and green values.Green walls are suitable for both external and internal locations, and can be utilised as boundary walls and screens, section walls and focal points, retaining feature walls, ie. within foyers, atriums and internal courtyards.

Each and every solution creates a fantastic feature that not only softens the space but increases the environmental values of the area and benefits the space in various ways. Green walls create a good thermal insulation and lessen the "Urban Heat Island Effect” by improving air filtration and creating a healthier local micro-climate.

ARTIFICIAL GREEN WALLS

Artificial Green Walls are also suitable for exterior and interior placement. Cover a whole wall or use the panels individually as wall art pieces. The light weight panels can be attached to all surfaces. Fire rated options are available.

There is an extensive range of beautiful artificial green walls to best suit each and every location. Supplied in 100cm x 100cm panels (1m2), just place the panels side by side to create seamless coverage. Preserved moss is supplied on 12mm MDF.

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PRESERVED MOSS WALLSThe preserved moss walls are totally beautiful! Suitable for any interior location, residential or commercial.We can also create unique art wall panels and clever signage using this natural tactile material!

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HERBACEOUS PLANTING

The must have in every garden. Herbaceous perennials provide colour and interest from early spring until late autumn and even into early winter. If they aren't cut back old seed heads and stems covered in early winter frost can look fantastic. Herbaceous plants bring out the artist in all of us with their varied shapes, colours and heights.

The herbaceous perennial is defined as a non-woody plant that dies back to the ground each year but the root systems remain alive and lie dormant until spring. The amazing thing about herbaceous plants is their rapid growth over one season. If planted in late autumn they flower either early spring or late summer providing an instant and mature outlook to planting areas.

ROSESRoses have been cultivated and treasured for centuries. Their beautiful flowers, petals and fragrance have inspired and been admired the world over. To discuss roses in great detail would take many pages so we will aim to cover the basics of roses in a modern garden. The information may not include details of how you may have traditionally regarded roses, planted together in one planting bed in strict varieties etc, but we would plant them in conjunction with other plants in mixed borders to produce colour and scent over the summer months.

SHRUBSShrubs are deciduous or evergreen woody plants smaller than ornamental trees and much larger than ground covering plants. Usually standing less than 5m high (15ft), and often have multiple stems which can also be coloured. When one looks out at a garden the shrubs is often the first plant to be noticed, with bright coloured and well defined leaves and available in a wide variety of sizes, colours and shapes available from the majestic to the miniature.

TREES Trees are regarded as an essential and beautiful ingredient in any garden. Trees can provide height, structure, leaf shape, flowers, fruit, seasonal colour, bark colour and texture, etc and are beneficial to the environment and encourage and nurture wildlife.

Careful selection of your trees is vital as some species can grow to a large size and the wrong choice of tree could lead to possible structural damage if planted close to buildings or to outdoor structures, etc. Problems can also occur when trees shade the natural light offered to nearby buildings and windows. Drainage problems and boundary issues with neighbours can be a downside to tree planting. Most problems can be avoided by taking the correct advice prior to planting and many years of enjoyment can be gained from planting the right species.