Colour coded plants to help new gardeners

There is no escaping the fact that some plants and shrubs are easier to grow than others, and it is good to know which  are easy to grow for low maintenance and when you are a new gardener. Choosing plants for the garden is a personal choice, and not everyone wants to spend hours working in the garden. A border may look lovely on television, or in a magazine, but if it is full of Delphiniums, Sweet Peas, Roses, Clematis and Wisteria it will be very demanding. 

Shrubs and plants shown on the website are colour coded to indicate whether they are difficult to grow, or time consuming and sometimes both. 

Picking which shrubs, plants and vegetables to grow is not always easy, especially for new gardeners. To help choose plants are colour coded. 

Red Wheelbarrow

Red Wheelbarrow means difficult or time consuming to grow

Red Wheelbarrow indicates that a plant or shrub is difficult to grow, requires very specialised conditions or is time consuming. 

By way of example, Roses, Sweet Peas and Wisteria are all red wheelbarrow plants because they have particular requirements, need careful pruning or just a lot of attention.

Amber Wheelbarrow

Amber wheelbarrow means medium difficult to grow

Amber wheelbarrow means a plant or shrub middle of the road. It will require some time and maintenance, attention during the growing season but is manageable and not too time consuming. Examples would be say, plants which need some staking, or feeding but not much other attention. 

Green Wheelbarrow

Green wheelbarrow means easy to grow

Green Wheelbarrow means the plant or shrub is easy to grow and this represents most the plants and shrubs on the website.

These are plants and shrubs which are either tolerant of most conditions, or require very little attention once planted and are easy to grow.

Easy to grow combination of Geranium and Achilles mollis

easy to grow combination of Geranium andachilles mollis

This combination is easy to grow, will tolerate most growing conditions and requires little or no attention.

Clematis fargesioides and Lonicera, commong name Honeysuckle

clematis fargesioides combined with honeysuckle

This is a group 2 Clematis requiring annual pruning to stay in shape and flower, combined with Honeysuckle which is a tad fussy about its growing condition. This represents a more difficult combination to grow.