Easy ideas & inspiration to start making a change today
Greening Grey Britain aims to transform 6,000 grey spaces into living planted areas by the end of 2017. Small changes can help to make a big difference; we’ve pulled out 6 easy ways to introduce plants and make things greener today. To find out more and make your pledge, click here.
Tough hardy shrubs
Perfect for the novice or very busy gardener, these plants are very easy to grow and require very little care once they have settled in.
Colour for containers
Whether providing lush foliage or an abundance of flowers, there are some plants that are particularly well suited to larger pots.
Once established these plants will thrive in drier conditions, so are particularly good for gardens that don’t have easy access to a tap.
Next to an entrance
Frame an entrance with stately evergreens, or choose something with aromatic foliage or flowers that can be savoured each time you pass.
Spreading to form a carpet of foliage these plants can be used to soften the edges of borders and paved areas. They will also help suppress weeds.
Covering walls & fences
Climbers and wall shrubs are invaluable for smudging the boundaries of a garden, adding privacy or simply disguising unsightly walls and fences.
Practical plants for front gardens
Mexican orange blossom
Pyracantha Saphyr Rouge ('Cadrou') (PBR)
firethorn (syn. Saphyr Red)
Elaeagnus × ebbingei
Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'
golden creeping jenny
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer'
Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance'