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Nature : Native and Exotic

Exotic | Natural Landscape 

Exotic 

Native plants are those which were not introduced by mankind. During thousands of years, they have adapted to the prevailing climate and they are resistant to most local pests and diseases.

Although this makes them very reliable garden plants, they are not often used because of their ‘wild’ status, which is a pity because they need no care when given the right conditions. They are particularly valuable for linking a garden with the surrounding ‘wild’ countryside.

Natural landscape

The natural landscape has always inspired gardeners. Hills, forests and lakes – the whole of the natural landscape can be viewed as a great garden. It is just as important to view the garden as part of the landscape. Let the landscape into the garden and make sure the garden fits the landscape.

In an urban landscape, the garden will normally fit in relatively easily. In rural areas, the garden can be used to fit the house into the surrounding countryside and the plants used should not jar with their surroundings. For instance, pink cherries are too artificial for the surrounding countryside. If these are used, they should be contained within the garden.

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