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GENERAL: The principles behind companion planting can be traced back many thousands of years. Where ancient civilisations used companion planting to help them improve their crops by using plants which are highly attractive to pollinating and predatory insects and this in turn controls the pest population. Companion planting can be used in many ways: Positive Hosting (Plants that attract pollinators and predators) Decoy / Trap cropping (Plants that attract pests away from the plants you want to grow) Plants that help other plants grow by adding nutrients to the soil, acting as a support, or covering the ground and preventing weeds from growing (if dense enough). Repellents (Plants that have strong smells can repel pests from attacking) Complimentary planting (Plants that look good together and will grow happily in the same conditions). Habitat Creation (Places for wildlife to live and over winter) Diversity (Mainly for growing edible crops so to create a self supporting ecosystem that can reduce the amount of     chemicals being used). Our displays use similar principles to those listed above. We have chosen plants that compliment each other both in how they look and what good they do. By planting a range of perennials and shrubs we have also created a habitat for insects, mammals and birds which help make a healthy garden!
Companion Corner
By planting complimentary plants together so that their differing properties benefit the whole garden. Plants that do this are called “Companions”.