Sustainable planting combinations

Pre-made planting plans, based on science, that are designed to look great and maximise environmental benefits with minimal external inputs

The Sustainable Planting Combinations tool aims to promote plant selection that creates a great look while at the same time providing environmental benefits, largely through ensuring plants are well suited for their location and conditions. The pre-made planting plans bring together good design and plant association to help promote health and wellbeing for people, provide food and shelter for wildlife, and attract pollinators to help promote garden biodiversity. 

Building resilience through good plant selection, better soil health and sustainable gardening techniques can result in a healthy and productive garden with reduced need for additional resources such as water and fertilisers.​ Browse the categories below to choose from over 70 planting combinations and find the perfect design for your space.

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