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Choosing a Plant Palette

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One of the most important elements to garden design is choosing the style. And getting the plant palette right help to maximise it’s effect. Charlie Albone shows us how...

• The trick is to combine similar plants to create the mood or feel that you’re after. From a country cottage garden full of traditional flowers like Rehbeckia to a drought-proof garden full of succulents, like agave and aloes. The variations are limitless.

• You can use palms and foliage to create a lush tropical retreat. For a relaxed natural feel, go for native plants.

• For a riot of colour, go for softwooded perennials and herbaceous plants.

• My aim here was to create a modern garden, so I’ve gone for a limited plant palette using shades of green with coastal Rosemary and Walking Iris, and some native violet ground cover around the paving stones.

• If you want a more formal look, go for a symmetrical layout. Use large shrubs as feature plants and frame borders and pathways with hedging.

• Here I’ve used Escallonia to lead buyers to the front door. And these Buxus topiary spheres add a real sense of arrival.

• And if you’re not sure what style will work for your garden, take your lead from the architecture of your house. Older style homes tend to look great with cottage gardens, whereas modern houses suit tropical or architectural planting.

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