JO’S FAVOURITE ‘NAT­U­RAL’ PLANTS

Country Living (UK) - - Gardening -

Cala­m­a­grostis ‘Karl Fo­er­ster’ Ver­sa­tile and easy. Long sea­son and a good foil for other plants. Grows to 1.8m tall, slowly spread­ing. Full sun is vi­tal.

Vibur­num op­u­lus The na­tive guelder rose is a de­pend­able na­tive shrub with white flow­ers and red berries. Grows to 4m. A clas­sic plant of lime­stone soils, it in fact thrives in a wide range of gar­dens.

San­guisorba of­fic­i­nalis ‘Tanna’ A short (40cm) peren­nial I value for its fo­liage. It starts early, wears well and hides the edge of the lawn, sav­ing us work. Av­er­age to wet con­di­tions in sun. Cratae­gus monog­yna Hawthorn is very use­ful for clipped shapes, al­though cut­ting twice a year is vi­tal. Po­ten­tially grows to 5m. Tol­er­ates a wide range of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing ex­treme ex­po­sure.

Per­si­caria am­plex­i­caulis ‘Alba’ Light and fine, this works well in tra­di­tional bor­ders. Grows to 1.2m, spread­ing to form dense clumps, and flow­er­ing from Au­gust to Oc­to­ber. Fer­tile soil.

Cor­nus alba A sprawl­ing shrub with vibrant red stems in win­ter. Grows to 2.5m high. Thrives in all soils, but mainly moist and even wet ones.

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