I have a small (2.5x1.5 metre) oval bed in the middle of my lawn, there are lots of other well stocked flowerbeds but for some reason this one was empty when we bought the house. There is a small tree on the edge of it; I think a magnolia (yellow, very fancy). Over the summer I planted some annuals, gladioli and dahlias which have been very nice. I have now cleared it out (almost, giving the dahlias a last hurrah) and am about to stock it with spring bulbs, mostly daffodils and tulips with some crocus for starters and topped by some bellis daisies and a centrepiece of wallflowers.
However, I do not know what to put in for next summer so am looking for some ideas and some inspiration. I am moving the dahlia and gladioli to a bigger bed that I have managed to clear this year where I think they will look better, they grew too big for this small spot really.
Am completely open to suggestions, not sure whether I want a permanent or temporary feature. Around the garden already I have a several herbaceous beds, the usual suspects, have made a small rose and lavender garden and am also building a rockery. There are lots of trees and shrubs and even a place where I have made a shady wild bit and some ornamental grasses. Looking for something to be a little bit different to what we have already.
This spot is in the middle of the lawn (informal) and is in the shade all morning but does get a fair amount of hot sun each afternoon. The soil is rich and crumbly and well drained. There is a slight ‘mound’ element to it but nothing of any great consequence. I have a big garden and it is a lot of work to keep on top of it already (and I am a novice to all this) so I don’t want anything too complicated, but equally it is such a prime spot it needs to look good/tidy. As it is so small it isn’t a huge task to weed.
I did think of a picking a colour and planting up all in same colour, a white garden possibly, gypsophila and nicotiana perhaps with some chrysanthemums to continue the flowering into the autumn.
Trying to keep costs down so will probably grow from seed (I have a greenhouse) or very small plug plants, so thinking I ought to start planning now. Obviously nothing can be planted in it until after the tulips have finished, late spring flowers it says on the packets. Would be very grateful for ideas/suggestions and advice as to how to achieve the masterpiece. Or should I just grass it over?
Sorry for the long post, just trying to give you all some detailed idea of what I am talking about.
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