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When designing a garden, you should not start by buying those lovely plants whose georgeous flowers have attracted your attention at a garden centre and then wonder where to put them.

You need a Garden style from which flows the Garden Planting Design using the plants that are suitable for that Garden Style. The order of abstraction goes down to the Plant Species book which requires reading all the way through to find the names of all the Primroses with Blue flowers (the Plant Type book would have a list instead to reduce your searching time).

The Plants topic in this website will show you lists of plants suitable for different soils, uses, flower colours etc.

You can select cultivated or wildflower plants from The Plant Photo Galleries by comparing thumbnail photos of flowers, foliage, plant shape, fruit/seeds and within flower beds. Website links to the nursery that can sell the plant by mail order is usually stated in the Comments Row in the relevant Plant Description Page, which is added to the screen when you click on a thumbnail photo.

Also using the 5 flower colours per month of a plant type, you could select a bulb with yellow flowers in April, and then using the photos in the Colour Wheel - Flowers select other plants to have complementary or contrasting flower colours. The other Colour Wheels on Foliage and Rock Plants (as seen in the menu on the left) can also aid your choice.

A combination of books, internet and personal experience can broaden your knowledge and provide fun in creating your own garden space.

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Library to aid garden design, construction and maintenance.
Library Catalogue Introduction.
Garden Style: . . . . . . . . . . .Gives Style - Cottage, Japanese, Formal, etc.
Garden Design (A-G): . . . . . Gives design methodologies for the
Garden Design (G-H): . . . . Garden Style chosen.
Garden Design (J-T):
Garden Design (T-W)
Garden Planting Design (A-G): Planting Design ideas
Garden Planting Design (G-L): for the beds
Garden Planting Design (L-S): of the overall
Garden Planting Design (S-T): Garden Design
Garden Planting Design (T-Y): chosen above.
Location of Plants (A-G): . . . Shows which plants should be
Location of Plants (G-T): . . . grouped together for its soil, shade
Location of Plants (T-W): . . . . and colour for the Garden Style chosen.
Plant Association (A-R): . . . . .Shows which plant combinations give
Plant Association (T-W): . . . pleasing colour or foliage combination.
Plant Types (A-H): . . . . . . . Gives growing conditions of a
Plant Types (H-S): . . . . . . . . family of plants - ie Primulas -with lists
Plant Types (T-T): . . . . . . . . . of where suitable.
Plant Species (A-E): . . . . . . . Gives data about a family
Plant Species (F-M): . . . . . . . of plants in
Plant Species (M-T): . . . . . . . .restricted format.
Plant Species (T-W)
Gardening (A-S): . . . . . . . . . Gives general information on how to
Gardening (S-Y): . . . . . . . . . garden for the whole garden.
Garden Cultivation: . . . . . . . . . Specifically on veg, fruit, lawn, pond etc.
Propagation: . . . . . . . . . How to propagate from seed, division or grafting.
Garden Pests: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Garden pests/diseases and their control.
Garden Tips: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tips on different parts of gardening.
Practical Projects (A-H): . . . . . . Gives details
Practical Projects (H-S): . . . . . . on how
Practical Projects (S-T): . . . . . . to construct
Practical Projects (T-Y): . . . . . . hard landscaping.
Wildlife: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .How to encourage wildlife into your garden.
Reference Library: . . . . . . . . . . Some detailed reference material.
Miscellaneous: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Odd books.
Health: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How to look after your own health.
17 Section Library Catalogue for Private Gardens - Site Map.

 

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Case Studies
Companion Planting
Garden Construction
Garden Design
Garden Maintenance
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Offbeat Glossary
Plants
Soil
Tool Shed
Useful Data

Topic - Plant Photo Galleries
Aquatic
Bamboo
Bedding
Bulb
Climber
Colour Wheel
Conifer
Deciduous Shrub
Deciduous Tree
Evergreen Perennial
Evergreen Shrub
Evergreen Tree
Fern
Grass
Hedging
Herbaceous Perennial
Herb
Odds and Sods

Rhododendron
Rose
Soft Fruit
Top Fruit
Vegetable
Wild Flower

Topic - Wildlife on Plant Photo Gallery
Butterfly

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Library Pages

Library Introduction
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Garden Style
Garden Design:-
A-G
G-H

J-T
T-W
Garden Planting Design:-
A-G
G-L
L-S
S-T
T-Y
Location of Plants:-
A-G
G-T
T-W
Plant Association:-
A-R
T-W
Plant Types:-
A-H

H-S
T-T
Plant Species:-
A-E

F-M
M-T
T-W
Gardening:-
A-S

S-Y
Garden Cultivation
Propagation
Garden Pests
Garden Tips
Practical Projects:-
A-H

H-S
S-T
T-Y
Wildlife
Reference Library
Miscellaneous
Health

The Garden Style chosen at the beginning defines what a garden should look like.

Following this choice of Garden Style, then:-

  • use the relevant Garden Design methodology, and
  • use the Planting Design to implement the ideas for the beds, before
  • using the Location of Plants to show which plants should be grouped together for the soil, shade and colour of that Garden Style chosen.

Plant Association shows which plant combinations give pleasing flower or foliage colour combinations, then

Plant Type gives growing conditions of a family of plants - ie Primulas - with lists of primulas with the same flower colour, foliage colour or height and where is suitable for those plants, followed by

Plant Species gives data about a family of plants in a restrictd format - ie without lists - as the lowest level of useful information (unless you are prepared to read the text in a whole book each time you want to use this particular species of plant).

 

Gardening gives general information on how to garden for the whole garden.

Garden Cultivation gives specific information on veg, fruit, lawn, pond, etc.

Garden Pests details garden pests/diseases and their control.

 

Practical Projects gives details on how to construct hard landscaping.

 

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