Mature garden redesign
I am about to embark on a massive bed/deck/consturction project in and around my garden, which currently consists of two narrow, very overgrown beds, a patio, and a huge amount of pots. This would involve - among other things - widening the beds and building a deck in the garden.
The garden is currently very overcrowded, with a lot of very overgrown, mature plants. In particular, I have a massive, beautiful rose (see profile pic) with branches all over the garden.... I would hate to lose my plants whilst work is going on in the garden, especially the rose.
Should I prune it all the way, and if so should I do this in stages or in one go? Will it survive such brutal treatment? Once I've cut it down, can I temporarily plant it in a pot?
And what about he other plants: bulbs, perennials, climbers (including a massive Clematis Montana)-- should these be left in the soil or should I attempt to dig them out and store/pot them up until the work is done?
Grateful for any thoughts and ideas!