Hello and an Introduction
I live in north Northumberland in a remote farm the foothills of the Cheviots right at the north of the Pennine range.
I've a large (predominently south facing) garden with a lot of trees and with traditional English mainly hardy perennial planted borders. I've also got an area of Rhododendrons and Azaleas that surrounds what I call my "cool area" - a "secret garden" all planted in blues and with seating in the shade for hot summer days.
I plant always with wildlife as a consideration. We've a huge range of songbirds and birds of prey. We've got a lot of hedgehogs (4 litters of hoglets this year) , stoats, hares, deer. We also are very fortunate in having red squirrels (and being in a reds protection scheme) and also even have otters in a stream that goes through our fields.
When it comes to planting I've got to have stuff that is VERY hardy because it will either survive OR die. I don't have time (or inclination) to do loads of watering and high level maintenance and anything described as "tender" or even "might need a mulch in winter" doesn't get a look in.
We can be under 4 foot of snow and temperatures routinely down to -18 in winter! We have lower than average rain falls.
I'm planting and organising new borders and look forward to seeing advice and ideas and to getting to know who knows what.