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It is really important to choose the right plants for your garden, and for your needs. This way, you will get the most out of your garden, understanding the plants and enjoying them rather than finding them hard work!

First, decide whether you would like a more permanent or temporary display...

- Trees and shrubs form a permanent structure. These can be evergreen (for leaves all year round) or deciduous (they lose their leaves in the Winter).

Perennials are great for Spring, Summer and Autumn colour. They die back or seem to 'disappear' in the Winter, but will grow again the next year.

- Annuals are temporary plants which will live for one year, flowering from Spring to the Autumn.

Then you need to think about the conditions of your garden - most importantly, is it sunny or shady? 

Some plants thrive in dry, hot, south facing gardens, whilst others prefer damper soil, under trees or in darker corners.

Think about how much time you would like to spend on the garden...

If you are squeezed for time, you will be relieved to know that there are many plants that with very little maintenance, will look fantastic all by themselves! Or you may interested in learning more about gardening, and relish the challenge of plants that do need a bit extra TLC!

 

  

And finally, consider how 'instantly' you would like the garden to take shape!

A good example is hedging - would you like to create instant privacy, or are you happy to let the plants fill the space over a few years? With this in mind, you might want to select a different size of plant!

Here, at Meadow Farm Nursery, we sell trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, fruit and herbs. We grow our plants in a range of sizes and stages to suit you - from established hedging shrubs to annual seeds! We have themed displays; 'Plants for Sun, for Shade, for Seaside gardens, for Ground Cover'. And of course, our knowledgeable staff are always happy to offer expert advice, however long you have been gardening for!

 

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