Types of Plug & Young Plants

Plant habits (or characteristics) vary considerably from species to species and understanding their basic form is great to know for selecting the right plant for the right place in your garden. To make things easy we've categorised varieties into 3 general habit types. These types have been colour coded and appear at the top of each of our plants picture card in-store and on our plant labels. Here's a round up of the different types and where these are best suited in your garden.

Bush:  

Definition: these varieties tend to grow upright with a height greater or equal to width at maturity.

Where to use: as bedding and as central plantings in baskets or containers to provide height.

Examples: Zonal Geranium, Upright Fuschsia

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Spreading:

Definition: these varieties tend to grow flat with a width greater than their height at maturity.

Where to use these: these are the most versatile class and are perfect for mass bedding or in baskets and containers on their own, spilling over the edge, or in mixed plantings, where they fill the gaps between Bush and Trailing varieties.

Examples: Diascia, Nemesia

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Trailing:

Definition: these varieties tend to trail or spill over the edge of containers or baskets. Some cascade straight over the edge while others will tumble more gracefully.

Where to use these: in baskets, window boxes and tall containers, these varieties are best planted towards the outer rim where their natural habit can develop freely.

Examples: Lobelia, Trailing Petunia, Surfinia, Ivy Geranium 

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Creative gardening: 

It can be tricky figuring out how many plants you'll need for your basket or containers so we've pulled together a general guide to help! Single variety plantings may require more or less plants depending on the vigour and habit of the plant itself, but our guidelines below are a good place to start:

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