Choosing the right plants for your gardens conditions is probably the single most important thing to get right for a successful garden. Below are some suggestions that we hope will get you started in the right direction. These lists can be guides only and it is important to read the individual descriptions for each plant. Just because a plant is given in one list it does not necessarily mean that it will not grow in other conditions.
- for Dry Shade
grasses that will tolerate severe dryness as found within the root zone of larger plants.
- for Light Shade
grasses that will take some light shade such as cast from buildings or distant trees but not as severe as dry shade.
- for Damp Shade
grasses that grow well in shade with soils that are often damp to wet but not waterlogged.
- for Sun-baked and Dry
grasses that do well in very sunny and dry to drought prone conditions.
- for Open and Sunny
grasses that prefer sunny open conditions & not in shade or within root zone of larger plants.
- for Seaside and Coastal
grasses that tolerate sun, dry, windy and salty conditions near or on the coast.
- for Damp Soil in Sun
grasses for wet, but not waterlogged, soils in open and sunny conditions.
- for Waterside
grasses that will grow in boggy, watery and marginal conditions in sunny open positions.
- for Informal Screens and Dividers
a select list of grasses that create informal screens when planted in a line.
- Native to the UK
those grasses, and their selected forms, that grow in nature within the UK.
- for Pots and Containers
most grasses do well in pots, this is a list of a few favourites.
- for Foliage effect
grasses whose primary effect is foliage rather than flower.
- that are Shorter flowering
grasses that are generally around 1m or below.
- that are Taller Flowering
grasses that are generally around 1.2m or above.