Deciding when to plant up a new garden
Hi there, I have not visited forum for a while and hope someone can help out. I have had a neglected part of the garden professionally designed and it is currently a totally plant free area of beds and paths. I have a great planting plan of trees, shrubs and perennials, bulbs etc. Designer orders plants and positions them on arrival and I am then planting with help of friends. I live in south Manchester. The garden is south facing but quite exposed at the moment.
My problem is that the designer is eager to plant all at once in March or early April. I said from the start that I wanted to wait until late May due to the very hard frost we had here suddenly last May. I thought better safe than sorry. It could also turn out very expensive to lose plants on this scale.
Am I being over cautious? As I am planting I can stick to my guns but obviously there is a temptation to get them in to enjoy. Easter seems to be a time when everyone gets planting and I have often planted in Spring myself but only odd plants not a whole new garden.
Just wondered what general opinion might be.
Thanks in advance