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Another exam commentary, for Level 2 Garden Planning
by Janet Prescott - Monday, 25 November 2019, 7:04 PM

From R2111 Feb 2019 :
Name FIVE bulbs, corms or tuberous plants from distinct genera that can be used for winter or
spring interest, giving ONE decorative merit for EACH. [ Complete a table: one mark for each plant name, one for decorative merit]

This question relates to the following part of the syllabus:
Learning Outcome 6. Understand the effective use of soft landscaping elements.
6.11 Name FIVE bulbs, corms or tuberous plants used for winter or spring interest, and FIVE for summer or autumn interest, in a variety of garden situations. State details of their decorative merits, height and spread and site requirements; describe a situation where each could be used effectively.
Examples could include: Galanthus nivalis, Lilium regale

This is an example of a question that you answer using a table, making it quicker to answer. It is
important to read the main part of the question properly and can be helpful to underline crucial
parts. You can use this to check your answers to make sure you haven’t missed anything. For this
question the plant examples need to be bulbs, corms or tubers and must also be for winter or spring
interest. Full botanical names are needed for the plant examples and a well described decorative
The examiners’ comments suggest the following as suitable examples:
Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’, Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’, Crocus tommasinianus, Cyclamen coum, Fritillaria meleagris.
The example of Galanthus nivalis included in the syllabus would have been appropriate, but not the
summer flowering Lilium regale.
The decorative merits suggested include flower shape and colour and leaf shape and colour if distinctive. For example, Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’ is described as ‘glossy, dark purple to maroon cup- shaped flowers’. Cyclamen coum could either be ‘rounded leaves which are sometimes marbled with silver on the upper surface’ or ‘Flowers deep pink with a purple blotch at the base of each lobe’.
The examiners’ comments also point out that ‘Candidates who named plants for interest in summer
or autumn or those that were rhizomatous could not be awarded any marks’.

Make sure you read the question carefully before filling in the table to make sure you are providing the correct
categories of plants.