Garden Design Case Study: Planting in Focus

When Chris Parsons created this garden, she was careful to meet her clients' needs, and also to ensure that the design and plants were appropriate for the specific location, soil and climate.

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Borders directly beneath trees tend to be dry and shady, which limits the range of plants that will grow there. One solution to this problem is to prune the trees regularly to reduce the shade they cast. You can also improve the soil by incorporating organic matter into it, and apply a mulch each spring to help keep the soil moist in summer.

Prune Trees RegularlyEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Viola labradorica
Ideal as a self-seeder, it has pale purple summer blooms and bronze new leaves (Image 1).

Fargesia nitida
A slow-growing, medium-sized bamboo that forms an attractive, upright clump (Image 2).

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Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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