When it comes to landscaping, there are endless possibilities for design. One important aspect to consider is the planting. The type of plants you choose will have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your garden. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a novice, choosing the right plants for your garden can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, it’s important to consider several factors before making a decision.

In this blog post, we’ll go through the basics of choosing the right plants for your garden, from assessing your space to selecting plants that will thrive in your specific climate. By the end of this post, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and tools to make the best decisions for your garden.

Assess Your Garden Space

Before you start selecting plants, it’s important to assess your garden. Take into account the amount of sun, shade, and water it gets. Observe the soil type as well. Does it have good drainage? If not, consider doing some soil preparation before planting. You can also choose plants that are well-suited to your soil type. For instance, if you have clay soil, opt for plants that are known to thrive in that type of soil such as Hydrangea Macrophylla or Thalictrum.

Choose Plants That Fit the Climate

Different plants thrive in different climates. Consider the zone you’re in and select plants that are known to do well in that particular area. Pay attention to microclimates within your garden, too. For instance, a shaded area in your garden may be more suited for plants that prefer cooler temperatures such as ferns and hostas, while a sunny spot may be better for heat-loving plants like yuccas and succulents.

Consider Plant Height and Growth Habits

Another important factor to consider is the height and growth habits of the plants you’re considering. Do you want plants that are tall and majestic, or shorter ones that stay close to the ground? If you’re planting a border, you may want to consider plants that will grow to a certain height and that complement each other in terms of colour and texture. Keep in mind, too, whether the plants you’re selecting are annuals, perennials, or biennials, as their growth habits will differ. If you would like year-round interest, remember to consider choosing plants that will flower in different seasons.

Choose Plants for Their Function

Your garden can serve different purposes, such as providing food, attracting pollinators, or adding beauty to your outdoor space. Consider what you want your garden to achieve and choose plants that will serve that purpose. For instance, if you want to attract bees and butterflies to your garden, opt for plants with nectar-rich flowers. If you want to grow your own fruit and vegetables, choose plants that are known to produce well in your climate.

Mix It Up

Lastly, don’t be afraid to mix things up in your garden. Combining different types of plants can add depth and interest to your garden space. Consider mixing flower beds with vegetable beds, or herbs with flowers. This will not only add visual interest but also provide practical benefits, such as attracting beneficial insects and promoting a healthy ecosystem in your garden.

It’s important to remember there are many different planting schemes you can choose from, here are a few different planting designs:

Mixed Border

A mixed border is a great way to add both height and colour to your landscape. By mixing tall plants with shorter ones, you can create an eye-catching design that is sure to make a statement.


Wildflower gardens are perfect for homeowners who want a low maintenance landscape. As the name suggests, wildflower gardens are filled with native plants and flowers that require little care. This type of garden is great for attracting bees and butterflies, which can help pollinate other plants in your garden.

Formal Planting

If you’re looking for a classic planting design, then a formal garden is definitely worth considering. Formal gardens are characterised by their straight lines and symmetrical patterns. Boxwoods and yews are commonly used as they can be easily shaped into perfect hedges.


Trees are an important part of design for any garden no matter the size. They can provide you with year-round interest, for example silver birches will give a stunning visual impact with their unique bark. Or fruit trees like cherry, whose blossom is simply stunning in spring and provides food and shelter for wildlife. Consider both your garden layout and design when deciding what trees to choose, especially learn all about the different varieties, their required root space and positioning.

Choosing the right plants for your garden requires some thoughtful consideration, but it’s also a fun and rewarding process. By assessing your garden space, choosing plants that fit your climate, taking into account plant height and growth habits, selecting plants for their function, and mixing things up, you can create a garden that’s both beautiful and functional.

With a little bit of research and planning, you’ll be on your way to creating the garden of your dreams. But if you are struggling, why not work with us? You can sit down with our plant specialist to assess the most appropriate planting required for your needs. This will be achieved by a site visit, where we will ask you tailored questions about how much maintenance you want to commit to, when you want the plants to flower and any particular colours you’d prefer etc. From this discussion we will put a planting plan together for our team to install that is approved by you, just give us a call on 01164 422 617 and we’d be happy to help.

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