Colour coding plants to help new gardeners

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

Various shrubs and plants shown on the web site 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 would all be red wheelbarrow plants because they have very  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 to 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 easy to grow and this represents most the the plants and shrubs on the web site.

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