Plants | Plants in the Garden
term 'Plants' covers a huge range of subjects as far as gardening is
concerned. All plants have a few things in common. They need to be
planted in the right place, need feeding and watering, and need our help
Many types of plants have their own section within this
website. Roses, herbs, grasses, perennials, indoor plants,
shrubs and aquatic plants for starters!
Whilst there are these specialists section about certain
types of plants, we feel that there is a need for this section
that simply crosses the boundaries of specialism in order to
bring you the easiest way to find what you are looking for by
way of plants generally.
For instance, when describing
Climbing Plants, we
would need to point you to at least two different sections -
Ground cover plants are to be found in a number of different sections
- shrubs, grasses, perennials, alpines and ferns - to name a few.
So to make things easier - and to help you
find the widest range of plants for your garden - Plants is now a
dedicated section within the site
General Plants Pages
Specific Positions For Shrubs and Hardy Plants
- Dry Banks
: The bane of many gardener's lives, but dry banks can be mastered -
and turned into an oasis of green and flowers. Plants such as shrubs
and perennials can be used in dry situation - as can many of the
herb group. Some garden bulbs are also suited to dry areas.
- Plants for shady Areas
: Many plants will tolerate shade. Don't give up as we list those
plants which will grow well in shady places.
- Plants for damp
: At least you rarely have to water the plants that will grow in
damp conditions. Well, maybe sometimes. There are plenty of plants
that are suited to these growing conditions.
- For Dry Gardens : Many who have
been on holiday in the warm Mediterranean areas will know that it IS
possible to have a colourful dry garden area.
- Trees and Houses
: Insurance companies often make a fuss about a tree being near to a
house. Not always necessary. It is not always remembered that trees
are plants. They often get neglected, and not given the care and
attention that we give to our other garden plants!
- Rabbit resistant trees,
shrubs and perennials
: Rabbits - yes those nice little furry things can cause havoc in
the woodland or rural garden. Here's a few suggestions to slow them
down a bit. It seems that plants suitable for deterring rabbits have
differing results in different parts of the country!
- Plants for Wildlife
: Wildlife in the garden is normally beneficial - yes, even many of
those creepy crawly bugs. In fact, the fast moving ones are usually
pest predators. That's why they can speed along! One thing often
overlooked, is the fact that wildlife - and ourselves - depend upon
a wide range of plants for life. A view on
why you should or
should not deadhead flowers
Bedding Plants - All forms of
bedding plants for the garden, window box and hanging basket.
Cover Planting - How to do.
Colours and Fragrance - Plants and Shrubs
- Coloured Foliage
: Don't get completely carried away with flowers when you are
choosing plants and shrubs for your garden. There are some plants
with spectacular foliage as well. Bear in mind that plants with
ornamental foliage will often have a longer period of interest than
- Shrubs and plants with
: If yellow is your sought-after colour, this selection of yellow
flowered plants will help.
- Shrubs and plants with
: Think Pink! Here's a selection of plants and shrubs with pink
flowers. Pink is the mainstay of garden colour for much of the year.
It is a colour that can be used to good effect if other colours are
used for contrast and foil.
- Scented Plants/Shrubs
: Add some fragrance to your garden with some of these scented plant
beauties. Shrubs and plants are the main choice, but bulbs can also
Pansies and Violas
Berries : The berrying capabilities of
some shrubs makes them an invaluable addition for the autumn and winter
garden. The birds will thank you as well.
Lavenders - How to
: The newer, hardier varieties of lavenders have helped to bring
this group of low shrubs back into popularity. So have the various
gardening television programmes. Lavender plants have always been
popular. This section will show you why.
: It REALLY isn't too difficult - once you know how!
for all uses
: One of the most popular groups of hardy climbing plants, the clematis
are a wide and varied bunch. We help you sort through them. Clematis are
not difficult plants to grow, and can be used in many places other than
up a trellis.
Miscellaneous choices of hardy plants and shrubs.
- Container Gardening :
Just to show you how colourful a container of garden plants can be.
- Window Boxes
: Window boxes are starting back into fashion. No wonder, with the
huge range of colourful plants that will thrive.
- Self sown seedlings : It
IS possible to raise your own brand new variety. Simply be a bit
careful with the weeding in spring.
- Poisonous plants : Many day
to day things are poisonous without there being any disastrous
results. The same is true of many garden plants. Just be aware and
- Mistletoe -
What do you know about it?
- The Winter Garden