We can source plants for you and plant them appropriately.
Thymus vulgaris is adwarf, evergreen shrub. The
leaves are small and linear to ovate in shape. The leaves are dark grey-green in colour. Common thyme grows to a height of about 30cm. The ultimate spread of common thyme is about
40cm. Spikes of small, whorled white or pink flowers appear in June or
shrubs look appropriate in both formal and informal gardens. These plants are closely related to the wild
thyme of the mountains of Spain and other Mediterranean countries so they are
ideal for those who want a Mediterranean theme in their UK gardens.
All perennials need caring for in different ways and we will care for them appropriately. However, general rules apply for caring for perennials and I have outlined these below:
generally need far less persistent maintenance than annuals. They tend to be hardier plants as their long
Half-hardy and Hardy
perennials, such as fuchias should be brought indoors during the winter months
as cold weather can kill such plants.
They should be lifted when dormant and stored in moist, temperate conditions.
All annuals need caring for in different ways and we will care for them appropriately. However, general rules apply for caring for perennials and I have outlined these below:
Annuals have a far shorter window of opportunity to flourish than
perennials so a gardener should focus on them and make sure they reach their
full potential during their short lifespan.
Annuals are typically less hardy than perennials; their specific
requirements need to be met. It is a good
idea to follow the instructions of a good gardening book in order to know how
to care for each type of annual but general standards of care must be met and I
will outline these below.
Large trees need to be staked if planted in windy locations. We can supply, plant and stake trees of your choice.
Stakes and ties
should be checked regularly to ensure that they are still fulfilling their
functions. Ties should be loosened as
trees grow so that the growth of trees is not impeded by the force of stakes
and ties. Stakes should be removed once
tree roots are firmly established in their new location. This can take up to about 3 years for
standard trees, but we should judge when stakes should be removed on a case by
the soil up and relieves compaction
air to enter the soil. In other words,
aerates the soil
annual weeds are buried and killed
pests to natural predators
rough soil to winter frosts which break it down
to improve drainage
top layer of soil which facilities planting crops
I am often asked how plants are classified. Here is how it works:
botanist called Carl Linnaeus devised a scientific way of naming plants in the
18 century. This method is
still used today. Botanical names are
written in Latin and are understood by horticulturalists throughout the world. Plants with common ancestry are given a name
called a family name. A family usually
contains a significant number of genera.
Plants in the same family often look entirely different so the
horticulturalist is often surprised to learn that two entirely distinct plants
evolved in this way.
We will create a permanent bedding
area for a wildlife garden. It will be a
shrub border because all the plants we will plant are woody perennials. In addition the plants that we plant will
The bedding area is south facing with
a wall positioned to the north of it.
Hence, the plants will exposed to a lot of sun. The soil in the bed is well-drained, sandy
soil. We have chosen plants that thrive
in these conditions.
The bedding area will be informal as
this is appropriate for a wildlife garden.
A fascinating relationship
has developed between roots of many plants and a fungi called mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae are symbiotic fungi that live in
close association with many plants. Mycorrhizae
can be applied to roots in order to help plants to draw up nutrients, water and
minerals. Plant roots provide
carbohydrates for mycorrihizae that grow on them. Mycorrhizae fungi increase the ability of
roots to draw up nutrients from the soil.
Mycorrhizae are much smaller in diameter than roots and this enables
them to provide a larger surface area for absorption.