Introduction to Architectural Plants

Sat, Apr 11, 2009



Architectural describes plants that will make a statement in your garden .They are impressive plants with big personalities and will inspire bold and ambitious planting. Many are evergreen providing year round interest and once established they are often easy to look after – always a bonus. They are ideal for planting with native species in borders:


There are hundreds of different types of Architectural plant which can make it confusing to find something that will suit your garden. The good news is that there is plenty of advice available:

In my opinion THE place to go for advice on these plants is Architectural Plants – there are two nurseries in West Sussex- one near Horsham and one near Chicester. .You will need a good couple of hours to explore these wonderful nurseries – they are full of the most amazing specimens and each plant is rated for hardiness using a clever traffic light system.

When choosing Architectural plants do remember that some can grow fairly large . Remember to think about about the space available to you and how each plant will develop. Here are a few basic design ideas:

* Create a sub-tropical feel by using mainly evergreens mixed with a few plants that will die back every year (like herbaceous plants) but which have bold, green or variagated leaves that mimic a tropical climate. These include cannas and arum lillies.

* Closer planting of sub-tropical, architectural plants will help create a micro-climate that allows more tender plants to be underplanted as the larger plants afford some protection from more extrme damp or cold

* Consider which tropical plants need to be planted in pots so that they can be brought into a frost free environment or be wrapped in fleece for protection over winter

* Wind protection in the form of large evergreen trees or hedges will help form a microclimate and allow sub-tropical plants to survive the winter, but you must remember that they will be challenged for available water and nutrients.

My favourite book is – Architectural Plants – What to Grow and How to Grow by Christine Shaw

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Kylie A Graham Says:

    I was just thinking about Architectural Plants and you’ve really helped out. Thanks!

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