Queen’s non-negotiable garden plants upgraded

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  • Have you ever wondered which garden plants the queen would never be without? To help us give our own garden ideas a touch of regal elegance, garden screen company Screen With Envy studied Her Majesty’s six private gardens.

    It revealed the queen’s non-negotiable plants and, naturally, these are absolute classics. So what makes a royal garden royal?

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    The Queen’s Non-Negotiable Garden Plants

    In 100% of the Queen’s Gardens you will find these beautiful traditional flowers.

    • Clematis
    • daffodils
    • Pink and red roses

    “The Queen’s non-negotiable plants for her gardens are a lovely selection, all with cheerful colors and the good news is that they are also easy to grow,” says gardener and TV presenter Daisy Payne. “You’ll find them in many of our gardens, mine too, in fact!”

    Clematis, pictured below, is rightly known as the “queen of climbers.” It has long flowering vines perfect for trellises.

    purple clematis

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    There are many varieties and it is also a great plant to grow if you want to conceal less aesthetic parts of the garden, such as garden storage ideas. At Windsor Castle, there is even a variety of purple clematis named after Prince Philip.

    If you want to grow this plant that has earned the royal seal of approval, Daisy Payne says a clematis just needs a wall, trellis or obelisk to curl up in.

    There are also beds of 3,500 rose bushes at Windsor Castle, planted in a geometric pattern. Roses are a staple of all great British gardens, says Daisy. ‘It is a hardy plant that likes sunny spots in the garden and well-drained soil.

    lots of daffodils in a formal garden
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    “There’s a rose for every garden – climbing roses, shrub roses and patio varieties do well in pots. They should be maintained with plenty of mulch and organic matter,” advises Daisy.

    “If you don’t have daffodils in your garden, wait until summer is over and start thinking about putting them in the ground,” she says. “They also work very well in pots.”

    If you already have beautiful roses, daffodils and clematis in your outdoor space, wisteria and rhododendron are also making an appearance in most (83%) of the Queen’s gardens. Happy planting!