SGD 2015 spring conference
This was the title of the recent SGD spring conference, and it took our understanding of naturalistic planting to a new level! It’s really exciting to be aware of the work of some of the industry experts. These are some of the highlights …..
Noel Kingsbury – garden writer, researcher and lecturer, chiefly known for promoting naturalistic and sustainable planting design – discussed plant selection for long term success. It’s easy as a designer to put together a palette of plants that will wow our clients in the short term and make some great looking pictures for our portfolio, but clever design is not only achieving this, but also providing a long term success story that will last maybe 20 years or more. A lot of this is to do with the botany of how plants grow, their root systems and how they survive in a competitive environment with other plants. Grasses are very successful at this as they have a ‘clumping’ habit along with many other long term perennials such as Iris sibirica, Persicaria amplexicaulis, and Geranium oxonianum. A good planting design will include many of these long term varieties mixed with other ‘pioneer plants’ – varieties that give great short term impact but won’t last for the longer term, such as Echincea, and Achillea varieties.
Thanks to the SGD for a great Spring Conference!