How to choose plants for the garden

Garden Design Advice: how do you choose plants and use them in the garden?

For many gardeners how to choose plants for the garden can be quite daunting. How on earth can you work out if the Hellebores will grow well next to your Hebes?  There are two questions you need to ask when choosing a plant for the garden

  • WHAT DO I NEED THE PLANT TO DO?
  • HOW DOES THE PLANT WANT TO GROW?
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So for example, you have a sunny border beside the patio and you are looking for plants to grow in it. First and formost, you need to understand the function the plant has to fulfill. In this case, the job descripton could be as follows;

  • The plant must smell nice as it’s where you sit
  • No spiky and prickly plants
  • It needs to grow upright and not flop onto the patio

So now when you are in a garden centre, it becomes easier to choose the plant, because having seen one you think might be right, (scented, tactile and self-supporting), just check the plant label to see if the plant will behave itself where it’s going to be planted.

Check the size it will grow to, so it won’t outgrow the space or grow too tall. Does the label say may need staking, or phrases like ‘great for naturalising’ ‘easy to propogate’ – both these mean the plant is good at spreading itself about. So maybe it’s not a good plant for next to the patio?

Best 50 plants for beginner gardeners

These aren’t the only plants you can have in your garden, but they are some of the easiest to get started with.

50 best garden plants for beginner gardeners

Plants to avoid – if you’re new to gardening!

Not all plants are worth having in your garden – no matter how pretty they look. So we have compiled a list of plants it’s best to avoid if you are new to gardening, don’t have time to be a dedicated gardener or you don’t have a very big garden. All of these aren’t worth having, as these cause a lot of unnecessary work or are just unpleasant to have around!

plants to avoid beginner gardeners

I would also add Roses to any list of don’t buy these if you want an easier garden. I know they are lovely and iconic British garden staples. However most of the time, Roses look less than iconic, suffering with black spot and aphids. These are high maintenance plant divas. They will look great only IF you pamper, spray and mollycoddle them. Have a Peony instead!

Visit our shop for loads of great ideas for your garden borders. We really do make gardening easier! 🙂