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Planting and plant list

Our garden design embodies the “right plant, right place” principle, ensuring optimal conditions for our chosen plants and minimizing maintenance requirements. Here are some of our key specimens:

Betula pendula (silver birch):

With its elegant silver bark and weeping branches, this tree can tolerate various soil types and environments, its roots absorb excess moisture from the soil, efficiently regulating moisture, providing stability and resilience.

Zantedeschia aethiopica (arum lily):

This resilient perennial thrives even when submerged in water up to 30cm deep, making it an ideal choice for our flood-prone garden. Its striking vase-shaped flowers and foliage produce a stunning display in late spring and summer.

Cornus sanguinea “Midwinter Fire”:

A versatile mid-size shrub, this plant offers year-round interest. Known for its vibrant winter stems, it also boasts delicate white flowers in late spring. Thriving in moist and well-drained soil, it can also withstand periods of drought.

Plant list


Plant name

Common name

Betula pendula

Silver birch

Betula utilis V. 'Jacquemontii'

Himalayan birch



Plant name

Common name

Cornus sanguinea “Midwinter Fire”


Syringa vulgaris

Common lilac

Viburnum opulus

Guelder rose


Herbaceous perennials 

Plant name

Common name

Alchemilla mollis

Lady's mantle

Anthriscus sylvestris

Common cow parsley

Asplenium scolopendrium

Hart's tongue fern

Astilbe rubra

Fake Goat's beard

Athyrium filix-femina

Lady fern

Brunnera macrophylla

Siberian bugloss

Carex pendula

Pendulous sedge

Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’

Japanese sedge ‘Evergold

Digitalis purpurea


Dryopteris filix-mas

Male fern

Geranium phaeum

Dusky cranesbill

Hosta halcyon

Plantain lily

Heuchera sp

Coral bells

Iris sibirica

Siberian flag

Linaria purpurea

Purple toadflax

Vinca major

Greater periwinkle


Marginal plants 

Plant name

Common name

Caltha palustris

Marsh marigold/kingcup

Zantedeschia aethiopica


Equisetum hyemale

Rough horsetail

Juncus effusus 'Spiralis'

Corkscrew rush

Ligularia dentata

Leopard plant

Liriope muscari

Big blue lilyturf

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Shuttlecock/ostrich fern

Myrica gale

Bog myrtle

Rodgersia aesculifolia

Chestnut leaved rodgersia