actors in your play, plants are the living element with which you dress
your gardens skeleton. Unlike the brick and mortar of your house,
plants are alive, eating drinking and absorbing energy from the sun.
Care must be taken before deciding on the plants in your garden, to
make sure they will work with the assessments of your geographical
environment, available light, the presence of shade and the changing of
seasons. Therefore it is wisest to choose from a pallet of workable
plants, ensuring they thrive and grow.
Colour, texture, foliage
types and plant size are the determining factors in deciding on plants
for a particular style. Your style will also determine the size of
leaves, texture of plants and whether plants are mixed or massed
together. Ones colour choice is the most important, and the personal
part of planting. This is where your preferences influence the style
and deciding on what colours one doesn’t like is the easiest way to
narrow this down. It leaves the pallet devoid of non starters and gives
you your want list. Remember that colour can also come from leaf
growth, mixing greens with variegated, greys, yellows and red foliage
will give the garden colour without a single flower being present. Once
the colour pallet is decided on, then seasonal flowering must be
considered to ensure flowers bloom in all the seasons.
Below is a gallery of
plants with various colours, textures, foliage types and plant sizes to
narrow down your likes. It has been numbered to allow for easier
listing. Make a list and see your garden fill up with all the actors to
dress your skeleton and star in your gardens play.