Right plant right place

Finding the right plant for the right place is one of the biggest challenges for landscape architects. Henrik Sjoman’s paper on matching the range of tree species to urban environments shows how to do this with trees, and with the recent publication of the BSBI’s distribution database, we can start to use UK data to help us. There are loads of potential applications for this, whether it’s drawing up plant lists for meadow restorations, highways verges, SuDS schemes, street trees and community woodlands…

But sometimes you just need to look outside your front door: on a walk from the office recently I spotted this Sedum acre covering a sunny part of a stone wall. It’s not hard to see why it’s such an effective plant for green roofs.