‘Edging’, ‘Groundwork’, and ‘Dot’ Plants

Revision

Edging plants are positioned around the edge of the planting scheme and are 150 – 200 mm in height. The purpose is to bring definition and sometimes a sense of structure to the design, so they will often be in a contrasting colour or texture.

Groundwork (infill) plants make up the majority of the bed and are 300 – 400mm in height. Groundwork means the main bulk of the planting scheme, so the plants forming the body of the bedding scheme, these are not necessarily ground cover plants.

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These ‘groundwork’ plants can be distinguished from ‘dot plants’, which the RHS define as follows: ‘a dot plant is a basic component of a bedding scheme. Dot plants give focal interest, height and scale to the surrounding groundwork. For winter and spring bedding a dot plant needs to have winter interest, architectural form and in most instances is evergreen.’

The examiners’ note: “Dot plants are used within a bed to break up the groundwork by the use of plants with a different texture of foliage or a different colour flower.”

Dot plants can also be defined as follows “feature plants in a bedding design, providing a focus in a group of other plants. They can also be used to provide an accent or contrast to other planting bringing more definition to the design.”

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