Planting Scheme

A popular follow on from an initial advisory visit is for me to design a planting scheme for a particular bed or border.  We will look together at examples of colour schemes and plant shapes so that you can choose a style, for example hot colours and architectural shapes.  I will suggest a range of plants suited to the soil type and conditions such as shade or a windy position and draw up a planting plan with details of the plants and their cultivation.

Hampton garden

Here is an example

Colour scheme

The border is viewed all year round from the house and so requires a long flowering season and some interest from colour and structure in the winter.  Plant heights are varied to bridge the height difference between the front and rear of the border.


The colour scheme is reminiscent of an impressionist painting with a grounding of grey and bluey-purple with highlights of red, yellow and white.

Clear blue, pink and orange have been avoided completely.

The plants with hairy or tiny leaves create a sense of ‘all over’ background.


The scheme contains a mix of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and climbers and a small number of herbaceous perennials to give flowers from February through to the end of the summer and colour in winter.  All plants are widely available, suitable for this situation and require no special treatment.


Planting Diagram

Plant list extract

A Abutilon megapotamicum x 1
Bd Buddleia davidii x 1
Ca Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ x 2
F Fuchsia ‘Mrs Popple’ x 2
H Helianthemum ‘Wisley Primrose’ 2 groups of 2
Hs Helictotrichon sempervirens x 3

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