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We hope our plant collections ideas will inspire you – but these are just a guide – all of our mini-gardens are tailor made to suit your specific space.

Our planters are all priced individually, but as a guide they are:

Small – £100 (window box, approx 1m x 15cm x 20cm)
Medium – £250 (approx 1m L x 40cm W x 60 cm H)
Large – £400 (approx 1.5m L x 60 cm W x 80cm H)

These prices include design, installation, compost, planter and plants.

The planters are wooden – they can be stained, or painted any colour you like. We can also provide planters with a more ‘delicate’ finish, although these often take a little longer to make and therefore cost a bit more. As with our choice of plants, all our planters are all hand made by local community groups abd they can be tailored to suit your specific space.

Description

Spring Window boxes:
Brighten very small spaces with our window boxes – made from recycled wood by Glasgow Wood Recycling, filled with compost from Colinton Community Compost, and bulbs from Gorgie City Farm. Hurry – only a few left!

Annuals - Burst of colour
A colourful group of plants and flowers that can be planted on their own for a summer display or added to one of our more herbaceous perennial collections. Something a bit different from busy lizzies and petunias from the garden centre!

Let us know if you have a specific colour scheme in mind as we can be flexible with some of the plants.

Bidens (Bidens), Swan river daisy (Brachyscome), Pansy (Viola), Bacopa (Bacopa), Ivy (Hedera helix)

Annuals - Splash of colour:
A colourful group of plants and flowers that can be planted on their own for a summer display or added to one of our more herbaceous perennial collections. Something a bit different from busy lizzies and petunias from the garden centre!

Let us know if you have a specific colour scheme in mind as we can be flexible with some of the plants. See also Burst of colour

Ivy geranium (Pelagonium peltatum), Surfinia (Surfinia ), Liquorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare), Bacopa (Bacopa ), Bidens (Bidens)

Cut flowers - Blooming sweet:
Sweet peas bring colour and scent to a small space. The leaves and stems provide movement which contrasts perfectly with fixed urban spaces and buildings, the flowers are very pretty and they smell great. Sweet peas flower better for regular cutting, so you’ll have plenty of wonderful smelling blooms for your home. They need support – we can provide a trellis or canes, or you could train them along your basement/balcony railings.

This collection is a great multi-generational garden and very forgiving of young gardeners! See also our other Cut Flower collections.

Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus)

Cut flowers - Blooming marvelous:
This collection is full of contrasts – the spikes of the Switch Grass, the large leaves and tumbling red tassles of Love Lies Bleeding, the scented white flowers of the spider flower.

This collection will flower better for regular cutting, so you’ll have plenty of wonderful blooms for your home. See also our other Cut Flower collections.

Switch grass (Panicum virgatum), Love lies bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus), Spider flower (Cleome hassleriana – Helen Campbell), Daliah (Daliah – Bishop of Llandaff), Sunflower (Helianthus annus)

Cut flowers - Blooming brilliant:
The colours, scents and textures of these plants complement each other well – Nicotiana’s large hairy leaves and loose sprays of white drooping flowers are a great contrast to the jagged bright blue of the cornflower and the large flat flowers of the cosmos. We’ve chosen them because they all flower better for regular cutting so they will leave your home, as well as your outdoor space, looking and smelling great.

If you like this collection, why not also try our other Cut Flower collections?

Corn flower (Centurea cyanus ), Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus Dazzler), Tobacco plant (Nicotiana sylvestris)

Perennials - Traditional:
A soothing grouping of familiar, traditional plants to calm any small space. This collection changes with the seasons, using early bulbs in Spring and rose leaves to provide Autumn colour. The creeping and trailing aspect of the ivy makes it suitable for edges of steps or balconies.

If cool and calm isn’t your thing, or you’d like a contrast in your outdoor space, why not try our Hot Perennial collection instead…

Rose (Rosa ‘Alnwick’), Lavendar (Lavendula), Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea), Ivy (Hedera helix), Daffodil (Narcissus tete a tete), Squill (Scilla siberica)

Perennials - Hot Hot Hot:
This grouping of plants will provide a container full of hot colours and interesting shapes, from the striking spikes of the Phormium and Arum to the lush green of the Euphorbia and the bright red heads of the Crocosmia. All can be grown to quite a size which makes this collection suitable for large and medium sized spaces.

Euphorbia (Euphorbia characias subsp. Wulferii), Phormium (Phormium Dazzler), Crocosmia (Crocosmia Lucifer), Potentilla (Potentilla Red Ace), Hypericum (Hypericum calycinum), Arum (Arum italicum ‘marmoratum’)

Perennials - Silver:
Silver foliage is accented by delicate lilac and pink flowers from lavender and rock rose. Both look quite frail and delicate but are surprisingly hardy. The Silver spear is an unusual and elegant alternative to a Phormium. This collection is suitable for any area.

Silver spear (Astelia chathamica), Rock Rose (Helianthemum), Lavender (Lavendula fat head)

Perennials - Little and large:
This is a case of opposites attracting. Deschampsia is a superb, ornamental, clump-forming grass. Its tall wispy leaves, showing a range of colour from red, purple, silver or variegated depending on the season, are a great foil to the scabious flower, a wide open flat shape.

Tufted hair grass (Deschampsia Cespitosa ‘Schottland’), Red Scabious (Knautia Macedonica)

Herbs - Roast dinner:
If you like the idea of growing your own herbs, try this Sunday lunch collection! We’ve chosen all the herbs you’ll need for a beef, lamb or chicken roast meal. It has the added advantage of keeping two quite invasive plants (mint and horseradish) in a container which otherwise could be a problem in smaller gardens.

This would make a great gift in a small size presented with a cook book – how about matching it with a gift voucher from Crombies or George Bower!

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Mint (Mentha), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Horseraddish (Armoracia rusticana)

Herbs - French:
If you love Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon and other French recipes, you need this collection! It requires a slightly brighter position than the more soft leaved herb collections but once established makes a hardy arrangement. It is possible that given enough sun the rosemary will flower and carry a mass of tiny lavender coloured flowers. The thyme will flower too but both are grown primarily for their scent and flavour.

This would make a great gift in a small size presented with a cook book – how about the latest offerings from Raymond Blanc or Elizabeth David?

Parsley (Petroselinum), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Herbs - Italian:
This is our ‘pizza collection’! If Italian food is your thing why not grow your own fresh herbs to use in your favourite recipies. These herbs also have the advantage of being very attractive with their grey/green foliage and of course the wonderful scent when the leaves are crushed. They do flower in the right circumstances so it may suit you to let the herbs grow instead.

This would make a great gift in a small size presented with a cook book – how about Edinburgh’s own ‘Dear Francesca’ by Mary Contini.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Herbs - Partial shade:
These herbs are perfect for growing in slightly overshadowed areas. Their leaves are quite tender and, unlike a robust rosemary, they won’t crowd one another and are good at fitting into small spaces – our ideal plants at SGS! Although they are usually grown for cooking, don’t forget that that they also smell great – the fragrant leaves of the mint and lemon balm give off a great aroma if you rub them in your fingers.

Parsley (Petroselinum ), Chives (Allium schoenoprasum ), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Mint (Mentha)

Fruit:
The beauty of this collection is its low, low maintenance and the ease with which the fruits grow every year. The strawberries are better grown in a container like this as they can be quite invasive in an open situation. This collection would benefit from some sun during the day to make the most of the fruit.

Blueberries, Strawberries

Vegetables:
This selection of salad vegetables is a perfect introduction to ‘growing your own’. A collection like this will benefit from frequent cutting…and eating! It is very much a summer collection so if you’re a fair weather gardener then this will suit you perfectly. It can always be planted with one of our winter annual collections to tide you over until the next shoots of spring make you venture outside.

Rocket (Eruca sativa), Rainbow Chard (Beta vulgaris), Tumbling tom, Mixed salad

Bee friendly - Beautiful blues:
This hardy collection consists of plants which have showy flowers in strong blues and purples, and a mix of textures so there is always something interesting to look at.

This collection is endorsed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust – have a look at their website for information on these essential pollinators, and tips on how to save them from extinction. Sadly, in the last 70 years two species of bumblebee have already become extinct, and others have declined dramatically due to habitat destruction. Many cultivated bedding plants don’t provide enough pollen and nectar for bees to feed on, so help do your bit for bees and plant one of our bee friendly collections in your outdoor space.

Stone crop (Sedum ‘African Pearl’), Perennial Sage (Salvia nemerosa ‘Ostfriesland’), Pincushion flower (Scabiosa columbaria ‘Mystic Butterflies’ ), Dwarf Astilbe (Astilbe simplicifolia ‘praecox alba’)

Bee friendly - Wonderful wildflowers:
A mix of wildflowers often grown as herbaceous perennials in gardens. We’ve chosen a variety of flower shapes (bell shaped foxgloves and the flat flowers of the bloody cranesbill) in gorgeous blues and purples. The plants are all natives, so they are perfectly suited to the climate in Scotland.

This collection is endorsed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust – have a look at their website for information on these essential pollinators, and tips on how to save them from extinction. Sadly, in the last 70 years two species of bumblebee have already become extinct, and others have declined dramatically due to habitat destruction. Many cultivated bedding plants don’t provide enough pollen and nectar for bees to feed on, so help do your bit for bees and plant our bee friendly collection in your outdoor space.

Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare), Foxglove (Digitalis), Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum), Bellflower (Campanula latifolia)

Bee friendly - Naturally native:
This is an evergreen and herbaceous perennial mix showing colour and texture over a long growing season, and the plants are all native to the UK. This collection can always be added to other collections if you’d like to add a bee friendly patch in your mini garden – it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. This is particularly good in the summer so add it to a more winter or autumn focussed collection for a year round package.

This collection is endorsed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust – have a look at their website for information on these essential pollinators, and tips on how to save them from extinction. Sadly, in the last 70 years two species of bumblebee have already become extinct, and others have declined dramatically due to habitat destruction. Many cultivated bedding plants don’t provide enough pollen and nectar for bees to feed on, so help do your bit for bees and plant our bee friendly collection in your outdoor space.

Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia ), Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), Rock rose(Helianthemum )

Winter wonderland:
Bright red cyclamen are small attention grabbers and add Christmas colour. The lily turf is an unusal alternative to cordylines and provides year round interest with dark black leaves and spiky form. The snow drops are the final flourish for this collection often being the first flowers at the start of Spring. If you like these, consider adding further bulbs to your collection for late Spring interest.

Why not add one of our Summer collections to make your green space an all year round place?

Black lily turf (Ophiopogon planiscapus), Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), Cyclamen (red) (Cyclamen), Ivy (Hedra helix).

Winter colour:
Winter doesn’t have to be dull! This small collection will brighten your outside space, with colourful winter flowering pansies and cyclamen, joined by iris in the Spring.

Why not add one of our Summer collections to make your green space an all year round place?

Cyclamen (white or pink) (Cyclamen), Ivy (Hedra helix), Winter flowering pansies (white or violet) (Viola), Dwarf Iris (Iris reticulata)

Winter heather:
Heather is ideally suited to our Edinburgh weather. Make a statement with a single colour, or choose a chequerboard of different shades. Add a summer flowering heather for year round interest.

Winter flowering heather (Erica Carnea)

Winter standards:
These are our hardy guys – fantastic hard working plants that look great all year planted on their own, but especially in winter when all around begins to droop. We’ve suggested one type of hebe although there are many varieties so let us know if you have a particular variety in mind and we’ll try to source it from our local suppliers. The flax is a showy structural plant providing height and colour to complement any urban setting. Even last winter our Phormium survived and looked great with a frosty layer so we’re confident that they should cope with Edinburgh winters.

Skimmia (Skimmia japonica ‘Ruebella’), Hebe (Hebe pinguifolia), New Zealand flax (Phormium), Winter creeper (Euonymus Fortunei ‘ Emerald Gaiety’)

Winter - Hellebores galore:
The Christmas Rose flowers in the depths of winter – it’s large white flowers often age to dusky pink/purple. It’s cousin, the Lenten Rose, flowers later, bringing early Spring colour to your space.

Christmas rose (Helleborus niger and H. x hybridus lenten rose), Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Winter - Ornamental brassica:
Ornamental brassicas have fantastic coloured, textured leaves which can be white and green or various shades of pink and green. They are grown as annuals, despite being evergreen, and provide unusual Autumn and Winter interest planted alone. Under-plant with bulbs to come up during the Spring.

Ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea)

All year round - Shade lovers:
All year interest for a shady corner. Many city spaces are over-shadowed by buildings or steps and this collection brightens up those spaces with beautiful blue periwinkle flowers. Hostas love these shady spots too, and, in partial shade, they might even throw out tall spiky flowers. The flax provides super structure and a striking form all year round.

Hosta (Hosta), Periwinke (Vinca minor), New Zealand flax, (Phormuim), Crocus (Crocus biflorus)

All year round - Rock garden:
These hardy plants suit a sparse planting arrangement and look fantastic surrounded by gravel to show off their unusual shapes. They are striking, compact, an interesting contrast to familiar garden shrubs, and they are very low maintenance!

Rock rose (Helianthemum oelandicum), Yellow eyed grass (Sisyrinchium californicum dwarf form), House leek (Sempervivum), Pinks (Dianthus), Stone crop (Sedum cauticola)

All year round - Succulents:
Succulent evergreen rock garden giving all year interest with a low level of maintenance required. This collection shows off a wide range of textures and leaf shapes and really calls for close inspection! It would be ideal for a very small space – on-step planting would be very suitable. The colours are festive silver, green and reds. Given the right conditions (we’ll advise you if you need help) it may even produce flowers in summer.

Large flowered sandwort (Arenaria grandiflora), Purple sheep’s burr (Acaena inermis purpurea), House leek (Sempervivum tectorum), Stone crop (Sedum spathulifolium purpureum and Sedum ewersii), Lambs tail (Chiastophyllum oppositifolium)

All year round - Variety:
A really varied collection! Dark plum and silver colours complement each other well, while the contrast of unusual bright green curly corkscrew grass and soft furry lamb’s ears makes this one of our most tactile collections. Put it somewhere you can touch it!

Coral bells (Heuchera Plum Pudding/ Palace purple), Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantine), Corkscrew rush (Juncus effusus f. Spiralis)

Living Christmas trees:
Our festive collection, but as always we’ve got one eye on the coming seasons. Our Christmas trees are under-planted with snow drops and grape hyacinths which will burst through the cyclamen after the turkey is eaten and the first warm days of Spring arrive. These are ideal Christmas presents, a good beginning to a mini garden or entrance statement to your doorway.

Christmas tree (var), cyclamen (cyclamen alba), snowdrops (galanthus) and grape hyacinths (muscari).
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33 Carlton Terrace Mews, Abbeyhill
EDINBURGH
EH7 5DA

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Contact Telephone: 07903 051 998
Contact Email: info@smallgreenspaces.co.uk
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This record was last modified on: 02 June 2016