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Think romantic – planting should be carefree and not too restricted. Mix colourful planting and formal with wildflowers to attract pollinators. Consider scent when choosing your plants. Add late summer flowering shrubs such as Hydrangeas and English Roses to fill larger gaps. Hydrangeas look particularly stunning grown in groups at the back of a mixed border or as an informal hedge. Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ and Hydrangea paniculata Limelight are perfect for larger gardens.

Scented climbers
• Honeysuckle
• Wisteria
• Roses – Grow repeat flowering climbing roses up trellis or along a fence for continuous blooms and to soften the boundary. With regular dead-heading these will take you well into autumn leaving you to sit back and enjoy.

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Seasonal fillers to attract wildlife and soften paths
• Lavender
• English Roses
• Salvia
• Nepeta
• Penstemon and Echinacea
• Alchemilla mollis
• Heuchera

Fruit Trees – create a mini orchard
• Apples
• Pear
• Cherries
• Plums

Topiary and Hedging
• Yew hedging, balls and cones
• Box hedging, balls, cones and spirals
• Mini bay trees with twisted stems
• Bay cones

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