Right plant – right place

Right plant – right place

Have you ever put a lovely looking new plant into your garden and watched as it just sat there and didn’t really grow or produce flowers? … one reason could be that you don’t have the right plant for your garden – if we can put the ‘right plant into the right place’ it is much more likely to be happy, healthy and full of blooms!

Some garden plants thrive in sunny areas, whereas others (e.g. those originally from woodland areas) much prefer some shade, the trick is to ‘work with nature’ to make the most of the different conditions within your garden.

You could take this a step further and create ‘themed’ areas within your garden, such as; the shaded jungle border, the sunny beach, the wildflower meadow, the boggy wildlife border etc

Remember, a visit to Pugh's Garden Centres is never complete without a good chat with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members. We would love to help you choose plants that could be planted together to create a wonderful show in the right conditions in your garden, so if you need a bit of advice, please don't hesitate to visit your local Pugh's Garden Centre in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan and find a member of our plant area team who'd love to help you!

Here are some ideas to get you started with some planning suggestions for the right plants for your garden.

Outdoor plants for shade

  • Bedding plants – Begonias, Coleus, Lysimachia, (Fuchsias and Bacopa light shade)
  • Shrubs –  Japanese Anemones, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Hellebores, Aquilegia, Camellias, trailing Campanula, Dicentra, Euphorbia, Ferns, Foxgloves, hardy Geraniums, Heuchera, Hostas, Pieris, Fatsia, Acer Palmatum (Japanese Maples)
  • Bulbs – Snowdrops, Crocus, Aconites, (Daffodils in light shade), Anemone


Outdoor plants for Sun

  • Bedding plants – Geraniums, Gazania, Osteospermum, Cosmos, Petunias / Surfinia / million bells, Verbena
  • Shrubs – Verbena Bonariensis, Salvias, Sedums, Rudbekia, Coreopsis, outdoor Palms and Phormiums, Yuccas, Lavenders, Roses, Spireas, Callistemon (bottle brush), Ceanothus, Escallonia, Choisya, Elaeagnus, Ornamental grasses, Alstroemeria, Lilacs, Sambucus
  • Bulbs – Alliums, Crocus, Daffodils, Tulips, lilies


Our Pugh's staff can also show you plants suitable for damp soils or dry soils … in fact for any situation in your garden! But please remember that you can also improve the soil conditions in your garden if they are too wet or too dry – please see our blogs on soil improvement and Mulching.

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