The house has a very narrow front ‘garden’ and by clearing it step by step it became clear a radical change is needed. Once the ivy had been cut down we could properly see the railings, and their pretty ending at pavement level, but clearly those posts and the chain need to go. The railings and the wall will have to be painted, and the vitis cognitiae will be cut down to the level of the painted wall. I am planning a box hedge.
There is a small bed outside the steps leading from the dining into the garden and it has sun most of the day – probably the warmest place in the garden! The planting, however, has to be low to let light into the dining room.
And on the other side of the bed steps lead into the ‘fernery’ with another small bed against the new fence – and a sunny spot!
I have been away for a week and the transformation has been amazing!
The steps into the ‘fernery’ and out of the dining room into the garden are starting to take shape!
We have a small bed on the side of the patio and the planting needs to be ‘interesting’. Bergenia ‘Abendglut’ leaves are burnt Sienna in winter, followed by deep purple flowers in March and April, and then the leaves turn green in the summer. Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ flowers in May & June; Liriope Muscari’s lavender flowers appear in August to September, and Anenome ‘Honorine Joubert’ is gracefully white from August to October. Perhaps I should consider Libertia Grandiflora in this bed? White flowers in April and May and interesting, spikey green foliage all year. What do you think? Will this be ‘soft’ enough? Will it be snail-resistant?
The new fence is finished, two small beds are added, we have decided how the paving should be laid for the patio, and we have moved the Viburnum Plicatum, the only remaining shrub, and hope for the best.
The fence is progressing well and should be completed tomorrow. I am also thinking about making a small change to the beds, returning to the original design in fact! This should please the designer!