Front Garden Makeover

Nearly finished and looking good! Phoebe’s Garden Centre in Catford, London, have done a wonderful construction job. Now I need to plant hedging.

Front Garden LR-8067 Front Garden LR-8070

And this is where we started. untitled-5668

Garden Makeover, Day 1

We have finally started the garden renovation! Day 1 consisted of clearing and by the end of the day I felt really low – how on earth am I going to turn this mess into a garden?

Back garden clearance
Back garden clearance
The flint wall being uncovered
The flint wall being uncovered
The flint wall
The flint wall
The side 'border'
The side ‘border’
The 'fernery'!
The ‘fernery’!
Back garden 'path'
Back garden ‘path’

Garden makeover – north-facing terrace

The north-facing side of the house is a small, paved terrace garden planted with small shrubs and perennials. It is pretty all year round and the planting has worked well. However, the terrace borders on to a field and although I have mainly controlled the ground elder the pesky plant has invaded one of the beds. The Japanese anenomes are also starting to take over – action needed!

The terrace garden is lush in summer.

North-facing terrace garden in summer
North-facing terrace garden in summer
North-facing terrace garden in summer
North-facing terrace garden in summer

But by the end of summer it is more like a small jungle!

North-facing terrace garden in late summer
North-facing terrace garden in late summer

And here is the problem area. I have dug out the Bergenia ‘Abendglut’ and potted up, but you can see the ground elder, and the failing Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’. Two years ago it flowered prolifically, but the stems fall over and so I am going to replant this area with three ‘Annabelles’, staked, and hope they support one another. I may also take out the Tellima grandiflora which I find untidy and not particularly pretty and replace with Geranium Macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’ because I have quite a few plants from divisions elsewhere.

Problem patch
Problem patch

As I look at these photographs above it is rather ‘sweet and sugary’….

Other than this patch I am happy with the planting. I just need to prune the dogwoods and thin the anenomes and Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’. What will happen to the leftover plants? Well, I have another garden makeover starting, in London!

What do you think?

 

Garden Makeover

A year ago the ‘Patio Garden’ was pretty: hot and sunny, the daisies flowered prolifically, as did the iris. But it is now at the end of its fourth season. The rose has grown, the nepeta have become woody, as have the achilleas, and the artemisia just isn’t thriving. The hedge has thickened and together with the larger rose this compartment has changed to warm and partially shaded. Time to change the planting emphasis!