Ivydene Gardens Plants:

When selecting plants, if you have a major pest eating your plants like a rabbit, then you may like to know which plants a rabbit is not too fond of, so the Rabbit-Resistant plants list may assist.

If a plant is polinated by a bee, then it is not wind-pollinated. This means that the plants mentioned in the Bee-Pollinated Plants List will be suitable for people who suffer from hay fever.

If neither of the above is required then for an easy maintenance garden, one could choose all your plants from the Groundcover List. A groundcover plant is defined as one that the ground is covered over the full area of the plant's width, to reduce the likelihood of weeds growing under it's canopy. This reduces maintenance on that area, especially if the area has a 4 inch(") deep organic mulch over it after planting (Spent Mushroom Compost and Uncomposted Bark last the longest; your Council Recycled Green Waste, Composted Bark and Cow Manure will provide excellent Soil Conditioner but a very short longevity as a mulch - 2 months). If a Landscaping Fabric is laid on the prepared ground, cross-shaped cuts made where plants are required, plants planted through those holes, and pea-shingle put on the Fabric afterwards, then this leads to the least maintenance, but this then excludes bulbs from your planting scheme.

It is advisable to try and keep as much of the mature tree/shrubs that you already have in your garden as a framework to start with. This framework also makes the garden look mature in a shorter time after all the rest of the soft landscaping has been done.

It is then usefull to have your choice of tree/shrubs which are from 2 to 6 feet in height in a small garden with perhaps 2 or 3 above that height in a larger garden as your main framework structure. So according to the Garden Style that you have chosen, you can select from the lists in the Top Fruit Tree/ Evergreen Tree/ Evergreen Shrub/ Conifer/ Deciduous Tree/ Deciduous Shrub pages.

  • It is usefull not to have all evergreen or all deciduous plants in your garden, perhaps 1/3 evergreen to 2/3 deciduous.
  • Most leaves are green. Up to 10% of either yellow-variegated green or white variegated green foliage plants can be part of this mix to provide contrasting colours with perhaps 2 or 3 purple foliaged shrubs. See Non-Green Foliage list.
  • It is not wise to have multicolours of foliage, which would tend to make the garden look like it was christmas tree decorations!!!
  • You may find it usefull to make separate beds into winter, spring, summer or autumn interest in foliage change and/or flower colour and/or fruit-berry production.
  • It is good to have 3 or a greater odd number of each groundcover plant to prevent a dotted plant effect.
  • Put primary colours near the house and pale pastels away from the house in terms of foliage or flower colour to improve the apparent length of the garden.
  • It is usefull to have scented flowers and aromatic foliage close to the house and paths.


Having chosen the main framework of shrubs/trees/top fruit trees, then one can use the groundcover plants to plant between them or a selection from the following to fill the space between:-

and follow this with the:-

layers to fill in the blank colour seasons not fulfilled by the groundcover plants or main framework plants, before covering the house walls, garden walls and fences with:-

Then, use the following diagram to create a suitable list of plants for that one section of your garden:-





Click inside yellow boxes to link to Companion Planting, Cut Flowers, Rabbit-resistant or Bee-pollinated Pages of lists of plants


Click inside Green boxes to link to Deciduous Tree, Deciduous Shrub, Herbaceous Perennial etc Pages of lists of plants



Click inside Questions to link to Acid, Alkaline Soil, Foliage Colour and Flower Colour Pages of lists of plants





Now, it is up to you which ones from the list - you have created - to choose for the final planting plan.

The groundcover plants in the list pages are further detailed in the Plant Name - A - XYZ pages and their garden maintenance requirements in the Pruning page.


The Plant Galleries, including Wild Flowers, show colour photos of some of the plants detailed in this Plants Section and others which are not.

Have Fun (Common names to Botanical names and Botanical Names to Common Names Indices created by Buy Garden Plants Online)!


Site design and content copyright ©December 2006. Page structure changed September 2012 Chris Garnons-Williams.

DISCLAIMER: Links to external sites are provided as a courtesy to visitors. Ivydene Horticultural Services are not responsible for the content and/or quality of external web sites linked from this site.  



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Now, if you prefer to use Carnivorous plants:-

For over 50 years Robert Ziemer has been interested in carnivorous plants and often wondered what a particular species looks like.
The Internet is a wonderful tool, but sometimes finding a particular item requires wading through lots of irrelevant files. So, he began collecting links to photos of carnivorous plants that he encountered and has had them inserted in CARNIVOROUS PLANT PHOTO FINDER.

The taxonomy follows that used by Jan Schlauer in the Carnivorous Plant Database.


Unusual Fruits You Can Grow

Organic gardeners are often more adventurous in their choice of crop varieties. Here is a list of more unusual fruits (not the "usual suspects" like apples, raspberries and the rest), many of which are well known as ornamentals, and others perhaps more difficult to find. Permaculture fans may find this list of interest for filling some of the niches that might otherwise be left vacant.


Case Studies
Companion Planting
Garden Construction
Garden Design
Garden Maintenance
Offbeat Glossary

Plants *

Tool Shed
Useful Data

Topic - Plant Photo Galleries
Colour Wheel
Deciduous Shrub
Deciduous Tree
Evergreen Perennial
Evergreen Shrub
Evergreen Tree
Herbaceous Perennial
Odds and Sods

Soft Fruit
Top Fruit
Wild Flower

Topic - Wildlife on Plant Photo Gallery


Site Map

Plant Selection
Level 1
Attracts Bird/Butterfly
Photos - Butterfly

Bee Pollinated Plants for Hay Fever Sufferers
Photos - Bloom per Month

Groundcover Height
0-24 inches
(0-60 cms)

24-72 inches
(60-180 cms)

Above 72 inches
(180 cms)


Poisonous Cultivated and UK Wildflower Plants with Photos
Cultivated Poisonous Plants

Wildflower Poisonous Plants

Rabbit-Resistant Plant
Flower Arranging
Photos - Wildflowers


Plant Selection
Level 2
Info - Any Soil
Plants - Any Soil A-F
Plants - Any Soil G-L
Plants - Any Soil M-R
Plants - Any Soil S-Z

- Chalky Soil
Plants - Chalky Soil A-F
Plants - Chalky Soil G-L
Plants - Chalky Soil M-R
Plants - Chalky Soil S-Z

Info - Clay Soil
Plants - Clay Soil A-F
Plants - Clay Soil G-L
Plants - Clay Soil M-R
Plants - Clay Soil S-Z

Info - Lime-Free Soil
Plants - Lime-Free Soil A-F
Plants - Lime-Free Soil G-L
Plants - Lime-Free Soil M-R
Plants - Lime-Free Soil S-Z

Info - Sandy Soil
Plants - Sandy Soil A-F
Plants - Sandy Soil G-L
Plants - Sandy Soil M-R
Plants - Sandy Soil S-Z

Info - Peaty Soils
Plants - Peaty Soil A-F
Plants - Peaty Soil G-L
Plants - Peaty Soil M-R
Plants - Peaty Soil S-Z

Following parts of Level 2a,
Level 2b,
Level 2c and
Level 2d are included in separate columns
together with
Acid Soil,
Alkaline Soil,
Any Soil,
Height and Spread,
Flowering Months and
Flower Colour in their Columns,
and also
Companion Plants to aid this plant Page,
Alpine Plant for Rock Garden Index Page
Native to UK WildFlower Plant in its Family Page in this website

Level 2cc
in the Comment Column
within each
of the Soil Type Pages of
Level 2



Plant Selection by Plant Requirements
Level 2a
Sun aspect, Moisture

Plant Selection by Form
Level 2b
Tree Growth Shape
Shrub/Perennial Growth Habit

Plant Selection by Garden Use
Level 2c
Photos - Bedding
Bog Garden
Coastal Conditions
Containers in Garden
Front of Border
Hanging Basket
Photos - Hedging
Pollution Barrier
Rest of Border
Rock Garden
Photos - Rock Garden
Thorny Hedge

Plant Selection by Garden Use
Level 2cc Others
Back of Shady Border
Crevice Garden
Desert Garden
Raised Bed
Scree Bed
Specimen Plant
Trees for Lawns
Trees for Small Garden
Photos - Wildflowers

Plant Selection by Plant Type
Level 2d
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Herbac Per
Photos - RHS Herbac
Photos - Rock Garden
Photos - Bamboo

Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Deciduous Rhizome
Deciduous Shrub
Photos - Decid Shrub
Evergreen Perennial
Photos - Evergr Per
Evergreen Shrub
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Fern
Fruit Plant
Herbaceous Perennial
Photos - Herbac Per
Remaining Top Fruit
Soft Fruit
Top Fruit
Photos - Vegetable





Website Structure Explanation and User Guidelines



Plant Selection by
Flower Colour
Level 3a
Blue Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Wild Flower

Orange Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Wild Flower

Other Colour Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Wild Flower

Red Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Decid Shrub
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Herbac Per
Photos - Rose
Photos - Wild Flower

White Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Decid Shrub
Photos - Decid Tree
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Herbac Per
Photos - Rose
Photos - Wild Flower

Yellow Flowers
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Bulb
Photos - Climber
Photos - Decid Shrub
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Evergr Shrub
Photos - Herbac Per
Photos - Rose
Photos - Wild Flower

Photos - 53 Colours in its Colour Wheel Gallery

Photos - 12 Flower Colours per Month in its Bloom Colour Wheel Gallery

Plant Selection by Flower Shape
Level 3b
Photos - Bedding
Photos - Evergr Per
Photos - Herbac Per

Plant Selection by Foliage Colour
Level 3c
Aromatic Foliage
Finely Cut Leaves
Large Leaves
Non-Green Foliage 1
Non-Green Foliage 2
Sword-shaped Leaves


Plant Selection by Pruning Requirements
Level 4
Pruning Plants


Plant Selection Level 5
Plant Name - A
Plant Name - B
Plant Name - C
Plant Name - D
Plant Name - E
Plant Name - F
Plant Name - G
Plant Name - H
Plant Name - I
Plant Name - J
Plant Name - K
Plant Name - L
Plant Name - M
Plant Name - N
Plant Name - O
Plant Name - P
Plant Name - Q
Plant Name - R
Plant Name - S
Plant Name - T
Plant Name - U
Plant Name - V
Plant Name - W
Plant Name - XYZ


Then, finally use
aid your plant selected or to
deter Pests
Plant Selection Level 6


To locate mail-order nursery for plants from the UK in this gallery try using search in RHS Find a Plant.

To locate plants in the European Union (EU) try using Search Term in Gardens4You and Meilland Richardier in France.

To locate mail-order nursery for plants from America in this gallery try using search in Plant Lust.

To locate plant information in Australia try using Plant Finder in Gardening Australia.

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