Database to list landscape plants

List to highlight the most suitable plants for amenity planting to help landscapers to make the best choice.

A database of top plants for amenity landscapes has been launched by the HTA in conjunction with the Landscape Institute. Available on, it offers guidance and support to landscape architects by highlighting the best plants available for use in amenity plantings. The database lists the top 50 trees, the top 100 herbaceous (including grasses, perennials and bamboos) and the top 50 shrubs. HTA business development director Tim Briercliffe said it would “help landscape architects, specifiers and contractors choose the best of the best for their projects”. The list can be used alongside the National Plant Specification and has been compiled in conjunction with the Landscape Institute using independent experts working closely with nurseries. Planning authorities, it states, should be sustaining the biodiversity of an area and creating patterns of urban growth that will help secure the fullest possible use of sustainable transport — using freight, public transport, cycling and walking. Building a Greener Future also asks professionals to answer questions including whether the 10-year time scale is achievable. * To view the consultations online visit To submit your views to the LI, contact Claire Luxton by 22 February on

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