Plant Selection And Establishment

Course CodeBHT107
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Understand How to Make Smart Plant Choices

A well-selected plant is always more likely to survive establishment, be more easily maintained; and look better. The success of a garden is largely determined by three interconnected factors:

  • Suitability of plants to conditions they are expected to grow in.
  • Use of optimum plant establishment techniques.
  • The maintenance provided (quality and quantity)

Don’t make planting mistakes

Study this comprehensive course to find out how to make the best plant choice from those available. Learn about all the different groups of plants and the key factors which influence their growth and how they can be used in the landscape.  

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction: Scope & Nature of water features, water quality, plants & animals in water, etc.
  2. Construction
  3. Equipment: Pumps, Lights, Filters etc.
  4. Ponds, watercourses, bog gardens, dams
    • Design & Aftercare.
  5. Spas and Swimming Pools
    • Design & After care
  6. Water Features
    • Indoor & Outdoor
    • Fountains
    • Waterfalls
    • Fish tanks, ponds etc
  7. Water Plants
  8. Aquatic Animals


  • Understand the nature and scope of water gardens.
  • Identify and describe generic construction materials and techniques suitable for water gardens and pools.
  • Select appropriate equipment for use with water features.
  • Specify the design and construction of a pond or watercourse.
  • Specify the design, construction and maintenance of a spa or swimming pool.
  • Specify the design & construction of a Water Feature other than a pond or water course.
  • Identity the water plants commonly used in water gardens.
  • Identify a variety of aquatic animals suitable for water gardens, and their requirements

How do You Choose Plants?

This is the million dollar question for all landscapers and horticulturists.

There are literally tens of thousands of different plants in cultivation; and it is virtually impossible to know all of the plants you can choose from. Even the best horticultural expert in the world, simply doesn't have sufficient time in one lifespan, to learn all of the possibilities.

The more plants you become familiar with though; the more choices you have; and the more capable you should be in choosing and using plants in a garden.
Some landscapers never build an extensive knowledge of plants; and still succeed; but their designs are a little like the photographer who only ever photographs black and white photos inside a studio. What they can offer a client is limited; and as good as they might be at their craft, their full potential might never be realized.
There are many different types of plants to become familiar with; from perennials, bulbs and annuals; to trees , shrubs and ground covers. The task of learning thousands of plant names may seem daunting; and it does take years to achieve; but the task does become easier as the years pass. There is a system to learning about not only the identification, but also the culture of different types of plants.



Who Will Benefit From This Course?

This course is likely to be of value to people who have an interest in garden design and landscaping. It will also appeal to anyone with a general interest in growing plants. People who take this course are most likely those working in or aspiring to work in:

  • Garden design
  • Landscaping
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Parks & gardens
  • Botanical gardens
  • Garden maintenance

The course will also be of value to people wishing to start a garden design or general gardening business.



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