seven years trial

CLIENT: Private client

LOCATION: Herefordshire 

YEAR: 2009

Perennial mixes have been a very successful concept in Germany, enabling landscape architects, garden designers and others to create vibrant, diverse and low-maintenance plant combinations without having to design specifically for each site.

Noel has been researching the possibility of developing this concept for British conditions - which is a challenge because the long growing season often encourages rampant weed growth, especially of grass species.

Noel ran a trial for seven years which has been very successful in showing how a combination of perennials with varying habits of spread is able to dominate a site, excluding weeds, and crucially, keeping a good balance between the various components.