Successful Garden Design Tips 12 – Creating colourful borders

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The West Dean gardens near Chichester in the UK

This week Rachel looks at how they create such amazingly colourful herbaceous borders for different times of year…

Photos of the West Dean herbaceous borders in August

The West Dean herbaceous borders do a great job of providing summer colour with the use of repeat planting of key plants like the tall yellow Kniphofia and soft blue Perovskia.

The blue/ purple Aster flowers also play a big part of colour scheme and provide a different shape flower against the yellow Kniphofias.

If you’d like to visit the West Dean gardens, information on opening times etc can be found on their website: https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens

If you’d like to learn all the tricks to creating a stunning planting border the check out our special offer which ends on Monday 4th Sep for the Plant Design Formula.

If you’d like to learn the secrets of how to create a stunning garden, register for one of Rachel’s FREE online fast track garden design classes.

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Leave a comment on any garden design topics/ questions you’d like to see covered in future episodes…

[DESIGN SHOW 21] Plant Design Secrets & Beautiful UK Gardens

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Learn how to design stunning planting schemes here: https://successfulgardendesigncourses.com/plantdesign/

In this episode Rachel visits the Beth Chatto Garden near Colchester in Essex and looks at what makes the famous planting schemes work so well.

She also visits a private garden close by to Beth’s garden that is sometimes open to the public at Little Bentley Hall.

And last but by no means least she visits the Waterperry Garden in Oxfordshire and show how to successfully plant in groups.

If you’d like to attend one of Rachel’s FREE online fast track garden design classes, go to: https://www.successfulgardendesign.com/freeclasses

[DESIGN SHOW 9] – Plant Colour Schemes

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Plant Colour Schemes

In this video, Rachel will talk about color schemes and stunning color combinations without having to know anything about color theory.

Rachel first features her parent’s garden from last week’s episode, the problem boarder with the giant leylandii hedge and she will give you the answer to last week’s question.

She will then discuss starting a planting plan, beginning with measuring the border and putting it in paper. After that, she will show you how she planned the color scheme of the plants. She makes a list of plants that’s in the color scheme that will flower in July and August and then she will work out what would blend with the colors in the garden.

A cunning trick to avoid colour clashes in the garden!

There’s always a plant or two that is the wrong colour, in the wrong place in the garden. With smaller plants you can easily move them, but with larger specimens, that can’t be moved, you need to find a way to pacify the offending colour.

The best colours to pacify are blue, purple and to a lesser degree, green and white, can also be helpful. So for example if you have a yellow shrub, in a border that is predominantly pink, if you add blue or purple foliage or flowering plants between the yellow and the pink, it will help avoid the clash.

Pacifying colours work because they help blend strong colours. They are also colours that go with everything, so they are the bridge between other strong colours.

How to do you create stunning colour combinations?

Creating really good colour schemes is definitely an art. Choosing plants that have great flower and foliage combinations can be tricky to achieve. There’s loads of books on color theory which are in depth and you can spend plenty of time studying them. There is however, a much quicker method that requires NO studying whatsoever…

Borrowing colour schemes that talented colour experts like fashion designers and artists have already come up with, is a great way to get colour combinations that work.

What Would You Like to See Covered in Future Shows?

Rachel would 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?

You can also subscribe to the Garden Design Show on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/garden-design-show/id790250905?mt=2

Competition time!

If you’d like a chance to win the fabulous Plant Design Formula course, just create a video and pop it on YouTube showing your garden colour combinations – you can use anything from around the house to demonstrate the colours you like most. Extra points if you can fling more of your wardrobe into the garden than Rachel managed! 😉

Here’s our first entry!

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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[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?

You can also subscribe to the Garden Design Show on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/garden-design-show/id790250905?mt=2

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…

Attend one of our FREE Fast Track Garden Design online classes…

Register on this page: https://www.successfulgardendesign.com/freeclasses/

Plant Design Tips and Plant Choosing Tools

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Spring is here, or so they tell us, though we’re not seeing much sign of it at the moment here in the UK. With Easter upon us any moment, the traditional start to the gardening year looks like it’s not going to get off to the usual flurry of garden centre purchasing.

A tragedy for garden centres but if you want to make this year the year you create an amazing garden, then the delay to the season is great news…

How the Bad Weather Will Help You Create a Wonderful Garden

Although the cold, wet weather is holding you back from getting out into the garden. It really is a good thing though, if you use it to your advantage…

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to get carried away at the garden centre.

You can easily spend a small fortune on the world’s loveliest plants, get them home, put them in and… oh dear, not looking as good as you hoped?

Great gardens do not happen by accident. Nor by luck. They are planned.

So, if you really want to achieve your dream garden, a little bit of planning will get you there considerably quicker and cost effectively than the seasonal impulse purchases will.

How to Plan the Perfect Planting Scheme

GeraniumI’m not going to lie to you, combining plants to create stunning combinations in your garden borders does take some thought. It isn’t a five minute job, if you want to do it well. So, let’s make sure your time is well spent.

Most planting schemes go wrong because people focus all their efforts on the plant’s flowers. What’s wrong with that? It’s not like we buy plants because of their attractive root systems, now is it!

Unless you live in a tropical country, chances are, the plants you purchase will spend more days in the year without flowers than with them. So, if you’ve just chosen a plant because you like the flowers, then at least 80% of the time, perhaps more, it won’t be looking the way you want it to.

Key Factors with Choosing Plants

  1. Does the plant easily grow in your garden conditions without becoming invasive?
  2. Overall characteristics of the plant (what’s it like when it’s not flowering – VERY important)
  3. Height and spread – will it be the right size for the area you wish to place it in?
  4. Does it have year round interest or is it just a flash in the planting pan?
  5. How will each plant look with those surrounding it?

As you can see there’s a lot to think about, and really we’ve only just scratched the surface with the most important aspects. You can probably also see why great planting combinations can be elusive when you are impulse buying plants.

How to Make Sure You Choose the Right Plants for Your Garden

It’s all to easy to end up buying the wrong plants for your garden’s conditions. That’s why research BEFORE you go shopping is essential.

To make life a little bit easier for you, especially if you don’t know many plants, there are some great tools you can use to help take the pain away from choosing the right plants for your garden and tastes. The video below will show you one such tool.

Click Here to use the Right Plants 4 Me database

What really speeds up plant choosing is being able to know what conditions a plant likes, just by looking at its leaves! It’s far easier to learn the characteristics rather than individual plants. For instance, all plants that have a silver/grey foliage require full sun. They won’t survive in the shade.

There’s lots of other signs that are easy to spot and will enable you to know which plants to put where. I’ve created a mini-course called the 5 Minute Plant Expert that will show you exactly what to look for.

If you want to know how to choose plants that will create stunning combinations, then take a look at the Plant Design Formula, it’s discounted until the end of the month. It will show you a really simple formula that will enable you to combine plants to look good all year round.

 

 

 

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