Joe's design made easy
Structural plants are the key to success for garden design.
Small border spade and fork
Anemanthele lessoniana Pheasant's tail grass
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Avalanche'
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' Dogwood
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver' Oleaster
Phyllostachys nigra Black bamboo
Organic matter like garden compost, leaf mold or soil conditioner
Make sure that plants are well watered before planting, otherwise the potting compost may shrink in the ground leaving the plant’s roots exposed to dry out.
Prepare the border by forking over and removing perennial weeds.
Lay plants out so that you can see how they work best together. Remember to give each plant enough space grow – check the label for the plant’s final spread.
Use the evergreen and larger plants to create structure through the border, then herbaceous plants and grasses to fill in.
Use several of the same plants to create a drift – grasses are good for this. To create a drift equally space each plant along the border.
Once you're happy with the layout, work across the border planting each plant in turn (it’s easier to plant the larger plants first).
Dig a hole larger than the root ball of the plant, and if your soil is poor, incorporate a spadeful of organic matter like well rotted compost or leaf mold. If your soil is very heavy, you can add some grit at this stage to aid drainage. Then take the plant out of its pot and if it’s very root bound, loosen the roots a little to help it get established.
Now set the plant into the hole you’ve dug, so that the level of the compost is around the same as the surrounding soil level.
Firm in well and water.
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