LunarSea, I love the look of your garden. Everyone will have different tastes of course, but the different dobbles of colour everywhere look beautiful to me (in a sea of green lawn). I would love to explore that at ground level, not knowing what lay in any direction.
bédé, which part of your post about avatars, do you consider not to be rude?It is just unnecessary, do you not want to be part of this forum, because you are going the right way not to be?
Thankyou @WhereAreMySecateurs. Here are another couple of views from ground level in June/July. The first is from the back of the island bed. The second is looking across from the driveway. I've no regrets at all as we've now made a far more interesting front garden. That spot at the back of the island bed (sheltered by the hedge) is where we put our chairs for morning coffee
Island borders can be difficult to plant up. From one angle the planting looks right but take a walk to the other side and something seems wrong. Getting it right can take time and involve moving plants as I have found out in the past. Putting the tallest plants in the centre can look too managed rather than natural. Repeat planting either side can help bring things together. Also planting with annuals such as cosmos year one, through the whole border can give drama ,whilst other more permanent plants settle. Viewing from a distance can be helpful as you can view the border as a whole and check that the planting is balanced.
Your garden is beautiful as it is but if you really decide to go for it to get the benefit of deeper soil, another idea might be a circular area in the middle, of either lawn with stepping stones to it and maybe in time a permeable alternative. You can plant deeply into the corners to give height. With the passage through the centre of the space. This strong central shape will anchor it all together.
Good Luck with whatever you decide, any opportunity to grow more plants as I am sure you would agree, a bonus. Suze.
Just to add I have seen Imperata cylindricaRubra weaved from the front to the centre of an island border. Would probably work with other plants too.
A garden is an oasis for creation, available to anyone with a little space and the compunction to get their hands dirty.
Was the last sentence a threat? I'm not sure if I want to be part of any forum sharing your negativity. (Well I am sure, actually.).
What are you going to do about it?
"Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
No, obviously I am not threatening you, I have no idea who you are, but I do know you are rude consistently.
for the fag ends of the aristocracy.