[DESIGN SHOW 8] Garden plants – how to choose the right landscape plants for your garden

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In this episode, professional, international garden designer Rachel Mathews will discuss her tricks of the trade for choosing the right plants for your garden.

Learn how to avoid the BIGGEST planting mistakes

She’ll show you how to avoid the most common planting mistakes and help you save money at the garden centre.

To plant a garden successfully, it’s critical that you get the right plant in the right place. So a bit of time spent researching which plants will grow in the conditions you have in your garden will make the world of difference to your success.

Rachel will show you a case study garden that she’ll be creating a planting plan for in the next episode. If you’d like to answer her question and tell her how you would make the planting border bigger.

The 3 Fundamentals of Choosing Plants

  1. RIGHT PLANT, RIGHT PLACE
  2. ALLOW ENOUGH SPACE
  3. GET THE RIGHT HEIGHTS

It’s important that the plants you choose are not only going to grow well in your garden, but also look good. So what makes a garden worthy plant? For starters, don’t be seduced into buying a plant just because it’s rare or unusual. If you need a magnifying glass to see its leaves or flowers, it’s probably not garden worthy as it won’t have the impact in the garden.

Choosing plants that are multifunctional (they do more than just flower) will make for much better planting schemes. So have a list and tick off if you are choosing a plant only for its flowers or if it has additional benefits like evergreen foliage, an interesting shape etc.

The 3 Fundamentals of Plant Combining

  1. MULTIFUNCTIONAL PLANTS
  2. STAR PERFORMERS
  3. COLOUR

What Would You Like to See Covered in Future Shows?

I’d love to get your ideas for future shows so that this can be as beneficial to you as possible. Leave a comment me know what topics you’d like me to delve into in future episodes in the comment boxes below?

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BUT do be warned, plants alone will NOT give you a stunning garden – you have to get the design layout right first. If you don’t know how to do that then…

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About Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 20 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

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  1. Successful Garden Design says:

    Thinking of buying plants this Easter? If so you MUST watch this video
    first! Lots of top tips on how to avoid making big mistakes and wasting
    money on the wrong plants!

  2. Very interesting! I am looking for information on designing and planting gardens which are exposed to air and noise pollution. I am surprised to find there isn't too much information available on this topic – does everyone have a large, secluded garden and I am the only one with a small garden next to a busy road 🙂 ?

  3. Very interesting! I am looking for information on designing and planting gardens which are exposed to air and noise pollution. I am surprised to find there isn’t too much information available on this topic – does everyone have a large, secluded garden and I am the only one with a small garden next to a busy road 🙂 ?

  4. Hi Andreea – in that case I will add it to my list of things to cover on the blog. BTW did you see episode 6 on front gardens? That did cover air pollution a bit – though the garden featured wasn't that small. Might be worth taking a look at though http://www.successfulgardendesign.com/show6/ it was towards the end of the episode.

  5. Neill Richardson says:

    The narrow border problem can be solved using several methods:-
    1. Trim back the face of the hideous Leylandii hedge. This will retain a green canvas backdrop which will highlight the planting in front. Leylandii have their place, but in general not in a back garden!
    2. Remove the Leylandii hedge and replant with a more suitable hedge species which is easier to care for. Leylandii have a nasty habit of becoming overgrown if not maintained regularly. They also create a very dry soil zone around their base.
    3. Slightly reshape the lawn to increase the border width.
    4. Plant species which are upright in habit e.g. clump forming bamboo or grasses (shade depending).

  6. baljeet ahluwalia says:

    YOU ARE THE BEST….

  7. Thanks Rachel for this wonderful post. My wife is really passionate about gardening and she always used to plant flowering plants in our garden. But I like herbal plants and trees rather than flowering plants. We have a plan for hiring a landscape designer which will help us to include more plants and bring some professional touch to our gardens. Also we need to find out some place for edible plants such as vegetables. Hope this video will help us to make it possible.

  8. gypsyvanneraddict says:

    You’re so fabulous! And funny!

    Not to mention talented!

    I like your “tell-it-like-it” approach, very american!

  9. gypsyvanneraddict says:

    I love an overgrown cottage-y English garden.

    Love that storybook look but I do enjoy neatness in my garden so I’m sure
    to prune, deadhead and replant areas I find too wild, boring or not doing
    so well.

    I have a shade garden with zen elements as well as that Cottage storybook
    look- the key has been potting things that go wild and giving away plants
    that don’t work in my space.

    I’m currently tackling the from garden of my home-
    I have hazel nut, pomegranate, camellia and hibiscus Trees, one nasty
    (renter) neighbor and too many irises that never get enough sun to bloom.

    As an admired gardener- I’ve been so busy with my
    Mini masterpiece in the back of the house- I’ve all but neglected the from
    of my home.

    I got rid of a dead, poor, sad dogwood tree and removed several heirloom
    crinum lilies which I potted.

    Needless to say, I’ve got tons of work to do in front of my home to meet my
    gardening standards and desires!

    I love this Channel!

    • Successful Garden Design says:

      +gypsyvanneraddict Thank you – gosh sounds like you’ve got quite a lot going on with your garden. It can be a labour of love sometimes and no sooner do you get one bit right then there’s something else to do!

      Hope the latest episode gives you lots of ideas – some very English cottagey gardens at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show!

  10. gypsyvanneraddict says:

    I love an overgrown cottage-y English garden.

    Love that storybook look but I do enjoy neatness in my garden so I’m sure to prune, deadhead and replant areas I find too wild, boring or not doing so well.

    I have a shade garden with zen elements as well as that Cottage storybook look- the key has been potting things that go wild and giving away plants that don’t work in my space.

    I’m currently tackling the from garden of my home-
    I have hazel nut, pomegranate, camellia and hibiscus Trees, one nasty (renter) neighbor and too many irises that never get enough sun to bloom.

    As an admired gardener- I’ve been so busy with my
    Mini masterpiece in the back of the house- I’ve all but neglected the from of my home.

    I got rid of a dead, poor, sad dogwood tree and removed several heirloom crinum lilies which I potted.

    Needless to say, I’ve got tons of work to do in front of my home to meet my gardening standards and desires!

    I love this Channel!

  11. Coral Laroc says:

    I like your upbeat, chatty (and humorous) style 🙂

  12. Michael Turner says:

    Geez you sounds like me I just started doing landscape horticulture in
    college and my parents let me loose in there garden looks like me however
    I’ve been fortunate to get a lot of plants free and I have convinced them
    to lemme do under there maple by the fence because absolutely no grass
    grows there unfortunately my problem seems to be the bugs :S

  13. Michael Turner says:

    Geez you sounds like me I just started doing landscape horticulture in college and my parents let me loose in there garden looks like me however I’ve been fortunate to get a lot of plants free and I have convinced them to lemme do under there maple by the fence because absolutely no grass grows there unfortunately my problem seems to be the bugs :S

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