Location is everything
Every plant makes specific demands of its location. By choosing and combining plants according to their natural preferences, you can create the conditions for long-lasting, functioning plant arrangements. Beds with hardy flowering perennials are especially easy to care for and long-lasting. Once planted, they will sprout anew every spring, enhancing a garden for many years. Create your own beautiful arrangements throughout the season by grouping different perennials by height and colour. Tall-growing plants such as ornamental grasses, helenium, cohosh and echinacea serve as the framework, while the gaps are filled with accompanying species like cranesbill, lamb’s ear, and sedum. A scattering of bulb bloomers such as crocus and winter aconite adds a spring feel.
Hot summers and prolonged dry spells have resulted in people looking for plants that don't need as much water. These include various types of spurge, everlasting, calamint and stonecrop. Plants such as the purple coneflower (pictured) can cope with dry spells too. If a plant has silver-grey, hairy leaves, this is a sign that it is especially tolerant of drought. The light reflects the sunlight and therefore doesn't overheat, while the fine hairs minimise water evaporation.