2. Knowledge in Plant Selection The plant palette chosen for a specific design will reflect not only the style that you are trying to achieve, but also site-specific factors such as soil type, aspect and any environmental conditions. With an extensive knowledge of plants and horticulture, a landscape designer will also apply this expertise when selecting and positioning the plants to ensure that they thrive in their given setting. “Plant selection really sets mood. But not just that, it’s about selecting plants which are going to work in that environment and setting. There are many factors which influence what to choose, but mainly has to be selected in line with the style that the client wants and create the effect that you want and can cope with the local site conditions as well: soil, moisture, drainage, wind, sun.” – Rory.