Clear plant labels help when designing a garden.


This blog is about plant labels.

Went to a plant nursery in London today (The Palm Centre).  My plant knowledge always needs improvement and I will take any help given.

I give these guys my best plant label award to date. All the information I needed was on each pot. Full Latin plant name – in big readable print. Size of container was listed, size of plant  and a quick summary of the plant.

This may not be exciting design stuff but its all part of the design process. I need this info to specify plants and usually these vital statistics are often excluded and/or hidden within text that is font size 4.

These plant labels made my life easier today.



  1. Too bad their spelling is so atrocious. They’ve got Alchemilla (in big readable print) repellent & mercury wrong. At least they got Alchemilla right in the smaller print. But I rather doubt they’d appreciate having that pointed out.

  2. The Palm centre is a great nursery and nice to have some broad knowledge on the labels – I guess this is the difference between a public and wholesale nursery and a nursery that is purely wholesale.

  3. Seriously? When I saw the photos I thought this was going to be a complaint about POOR labels. In addition to misspelling the name of the plant and several other words, they don’t give information about the final height/width of the plant, what climate or soil conditions it needs, bloom time, etc. This might actually be the WORST plant label I’ve seen.