April Challenge – Street Planting Done Right

While heading into the Botanic Gardens this weekend, I was struck with how spectacular the street planters look on the street leading to the gardens.

The large wooden planters have great specimen Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ growing in them. I have always been a fan of Red Robin, the new scarlet leaves of the shrub-come-tree look brilliant in any garden. Here they are under planted with a riot of colour from a mix of spring bulbs and bedding plants.

Photinia red robin

Photinia red robin

The mixture of crocuses and hyacinths along with primroses and winter violas created a vibrant quilt beneath the dense foliage of the Red Robin. This is a welcome change to the normal sparsely planted street planters you see dotted around Dublin and other large cities.

Spring colour in a street planter

Spring colour in a street planter

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