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Top Plants for London Gardens

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Knight Frank
London and Country specialist property buying agents
19 May 2017  |   Bobby Hall

Justin Spink is a landscape designer based near Faringdon, on the borders of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire. He’s known for his ability to create beautiful and timeless gardens which are sympathetic to their surroundings. He has helped clients of mine on projects ranging from family houses in the countryside through to estates.

Here he gives his 8 top planting tips for London gardens.

“The great advantage of gardens in London is that they are mostly sheltered, and virtually frost-free,” explains Justin.   “These are some key plants to consider”:

Trachelospermum jasminoides – often known as star jasmine

Eriobotryea japonica – Japanese loquat

Tulbaghia violacea ‘Silver Lace – Silver variegated Tulbaghia which is garlic scented. These are best grown in pots lilac-mauve flowers throughout summer and into autumn

Magnolia grandiflora – needs no introduction

Rosa odorata ‘Mutabilis’ — A wonderful free flowering rose to grown against a wall or fence.  Grows to 2.5m (8 foot)

Salvia Amistad – A purple salvia with almost black calyces & stems which, if regularly dead headed, will flower May to October.

Clipped Bay and Olive trees – they bring shape and form to a space

Finally, bulbs in pots (what you can call a Bulb Lasagna). Bulbs can be planted in layers to extend the flowering season staring with iris reticulata (flowering in February), then Narcissi and hyacinths, followed by tulips and Alliums.

Contact Justin Spink Ltd (01367 821032;;


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