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Plants and shrubs used by local housing association

Hello folks,

I have an odd question.

I need to know which are the likely plants and shrubs used by housing association landscapers, I'm assuming they might be low maintenance and hardy, as I have a job interview as a mobile gardener for local premises. I wouldn't normally mention it for fear of jinxing, but I've been informed that a portion of the interview is an ID of plants and shrubs. I'm good at cottage garden plants but not so hot on what I suspect they may be dealing with. 

Any suggestions or pointers would be greatly appreciated! image

Thank you

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,143

    OH USED TO RUN A HOUSING ASSOCIATION WITH AN IN HOUSE GARDENING TEAM.

    MOST PLANTS WERE OF THE SPIKY KEEP-THE-NEIGHBOURS- OUT TYPE. PYRACANTHA, BERBERIS, MAHONIA, HOLLY. GROUND COVER WAS IVY OR COTONEASTER HORIZONTALIS.

    TREES WERE SORBUS, ROWAN, SILVER BIRCH. THAT KIND OF THING.

    NOTHING TOO EXOTIC BECAUSE THAT WAS EXPENSIVE.

    MOST THINGS GOT  TRIMMED INTO EITHER A CUBE OR A BALL SO IT DIDN'T REALLY MATTER WHAT THEY STARTED OUT AS THEY ALL ENDED UP LOOKING THE SAME.

    Last edited: 22 September 2016 19:52:50

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,633

    Have a look round the planting around some housing developments, supermarket car parks, industrial estates etc,and you'll see pretty much the same plants. 

    Photo those you don't recognise and ask us. We're here to help as you know. 

    Good luck x

    Devon.
  • Pansy, that's wonderful! Also encouraging I don't need testicles as I'd had info that they were concerned about this! image

    Thank you I will research all your suggestions. image really appreciated!

    Hosta, that's a great plan, I'm on it! image expect regular ID requests! image thanks so much x

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,864

    Wonky, you got more balls than many a man.image Go for it gal.

    Have a browse round the shrub section in the garden centre.  I think landscapers have a "palette" of about six plants, all totally immune to neglect, wrong pruning etc.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    I think all councils use the same list of shrubs no matter where they are. The only place I have noticed different plantings are on roundabouts where we have themes going ie seaside planting complete with old wooden boat, Japanese style roundabout with bamboos, acers etc, Scottish hillsides with Betula Jacquemontii multi stemmed, azaleas and heathers. Our councils now also have wild flower meadow roundabouts which are lovely. Apart from that, the rest of the stuff is just common or garden shrubs and bedding. And roses. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Thanks Fidget! image that's what I reckon too! image

    Lovely an excuse to browse round garden centres! image like I need one, great idea, thanks!

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,597

    Round here they use rosa rugosa, berberis, potentilla (the acid yellow one), photinia and sarcococca - in blocks, not mixed.

    Last edited: 22 September 2016 22:28:40

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    Dogwoods. I've seen acres of the things in municiple plantings and on new estates.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325

    like obelixx - I see potentilla -  the sicky yellow one - everywhere, and cotoneaster and berberis. Spireas as well, and the cornus, as Ceres says.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,433
    Ceres says:

    Dogwoods. I've seen acres of the things in municiple plantings and on new estates.

    See original post

     And  so often 'groundsmen' cut them back in the autumn so losing the gorgeous winter colour - I had to keep an eye open for the groundsmen visiting my workplace and keep them away from the dogwoods, promising that I would cut them back at the right time.  In the end we laminated a notice saying Do Not Prune and hung it on the branches every autumn!

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