I think I am in the minority as well I didn't like the gravel garden It was a bit bland for my taste.
If you want plants now Joyce your best of buying from garden centre etc. or you could sow some perennials for planting out autumn / spring
Thanks for the advice Perki to hot to plant anything today
It's not my type of gardening but I certainly admired Mr whatshisname's garden and lawn and appreciated the time he must spend in it. The gravel garden was fab!
Haven't seen GW yet but getting the gist of these comments..
My garden is very much a cottage garden. It's all a bit jammed in and we have just reached that point in the year where it feels ever-so-slightly out of control & requires the 'Hampton Hack' to restore some sort of order. Have just picked strawberries, mange tout, herbs and lettuce - so it is quite productive. The lawn is green (until it gets very dry) kept well trimmed and edged but it is rather - ermmm - undulating... and has more than it's fair share of weeds and moss. I think it all looks quite pretty in a countryfied sort of way.
My father in law, however, doesn't 'get it' at all. He judges a garden by the pristineness of it's lawn & does not understand why I do not grow regimented rows of pelargoniums and salvias all edged with blue lobelia. He is very unimpressed that I have no hanging baskets and just 2 'summer' pots. He doesn't think it's a 'proper' garden. Guess what? I don't like his either..
C'est la vie
We all garden in different ways - does not mean that we do not appreciate others' styles. A bit like cooks really - we all know the same ingredients but use them in different recipes to suit our tastes.
I was admiring our lawn at tea time. I like the way the white clover blends in with the little purple Prunella vulgaris, self heal. The bees agreed with me