The saying goes "plants are like friends, you can't have too many of them".
We produce most of our own summer bedding in large numbers, some from plugs but the rest from seed. Where we can over wintering takes place of the more tender pots, shrubs and exotics. Garden nurseries are often visited for the more unusual plants. Like many gardeners we find it difficult to come away empty handed.
Because of our large rabbit population some planting has to be organised around them. However, rabbits do not seem to like fuchsias, but we do, therefore we have hundreds in borders, pots and as hardy shrubs.
As well as the old favourites, grasses, bamboos and more architectural plants have found their way into the garden. These plants are often less labour intensive which can free up time for seasonal maintenance.