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Planting what where short course- understand different plants and what would suit your garden.

Having a garden can be both exciting and also a little overwhelming at the same time. The amazing potential of what you can achieve from a space is limitless, irrespective of the size of the space.  Before you waste money on plants that may not flourish so well in your particular area, or even worse- die- get to know which plants suit your climate and location. You could complete this course in a weekend if you wanted or space your learning out how ever long you need. There are no time restrictions or deadlines.

The Planting what Where short course is ideal for home gardeners or beginners in the garden design industry and provides a complete learning experience with practical exercises that you can do at home. The self guided course provides learners with the opportunity to understand about plant selection in a short course setting.

There are optional activities and tasks that you can complete along the way that can expand your knowledge in this area. At the end of each lesson you will need to complete an online self assessment test. The course will also conclude with a large comprehensive online exam. If you achieve a mark over 60% for the exam, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion with your name on it.



This study program can be completed in as little as 20 hours.


Thirteen lessons cover the following:

1. Plant Selection
    Planting strategies

2.  Plant Establishment Methods
    Ways to help plants get established
    Techniques for planting sloped areas
    Planting arid sites
    Rehabilitating damaged soils in the home garden

3.  Detecting Problems
    First: conduct an inspection
    Second: take note of the environment
    Third: identify the problem
    Fourth: treat the problem
    Review what you have been learning
    Solutions for wet areas
    What can cause wet areas in your garden?
    Problems with wet areas
    Overcoming problems with boggy or wet areas

4.  Plants for Wet/Boggy Sites
    How to keep the soil wet all year
    Plants that grow in permanently wet soil
    Plants that tolerate wet in winter and drier soil in summer
    Creating a bog garden
    Construction of water gardens
    Plants for water gardens
    Review what you have been learning
    Gardening in the Shade

5.  Shade trees
    Deciduous or semi deciduous trees
    Evergreen shade trees

6.  Windbreaks Hedges and Screens

7.  Plants for Dry Gardens
    Gardening in dry conditions
    Design and planting a fire break

8.  Coastal Gardens
    Dealing with salt
    Creating wind breaks
    Hardy seaside plants

9.  Trees and Shrubs
    Evergreen trees
    Cool conifers
    Deciduous trees for autumn colour
    Shrubs in the landscape
    Examples of long flowering plants
    Shrubs that flower in autumn
    What flowers in winter
    Living Christmas trees

10.  Fitting More in a Small Garden
    How to fit more in a small garden
    Small trouble free plants
    Space-saving decoration
    Go up
    Expand your garden
    Design your garden to appear bigger

11.  Plants for Various Situations
    Frost hardy plants
    Hardy plants for inner city gardens
    Plants for pets
    Long narrow areas

12.  Lawns
    Choosing the right lawn
    Turf varieties

13.  Living Garden Art
    Living art
    How to make a hedge
    Miniature/table top gardens
    Using junk in living gardens



  • Enrol any time of day or night
  • Start studying immediately or later (as you wish)
  • Configure your study sessions at any length and frequency you wish
  • Work through at your own pace
  • Help desk- contact our help desk here with the subject title: 'Help Desk Short Course'
  • Automated self assessment tests pop up at the end of each lesson. You can attempt these as many times as you wish; and each time, upon completion, you can see your results.
  • At the end of the whole course, you are presented with a major automated examination which can be attempted online, anywhere, anytime
  • If you achieve a 60% pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of completion with your name on it

Who is this Course For?

This course can be equally valuable to both amateurs or professionals.  Good knowledge of what plants to grow where is rare today. Many people just don't understand the implications of making poor choices about the plants they use. Professional engineers, architects, planners, developers, and sometimes even landscape professionals, are often found to be planting species that will eventually damage pipes, foundations or pavement; cause allergic reactions to people living around them, or simply not grow well and die young. These and other problems are common in urban and rural locations; residential, commercial and industrial areas. 

This course can set you on the path to a far greater awareness about plants and plant selection.

It can be of great value to:

  • Amateur gardeners
  • Professional horticulturists, nursery workers, gardeners
  • Farmers and land managers
  • Developers, engineers, architects and planners
  • Anyone else who works with plants

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