Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?
Not that it really matters how fashionable a thing is, if you like it, you like it and it's your garden right? I just thought I'd find out what other people have tried that worked well or didn't work before I embark on what could be a fairly large project. I'm trying to introduce some new planting space into the garden which at the moment is basically borders around the edge - one of them is a wavy border but that's not really revolutionary! Anyway, I thought I might introduce a long island bed to mirror the wavy border, creating a lawn path to one side of a weeping birch that is currently growing in the lawn. The tree is over 10 years old but seems to look well in spring then a bit sad later on so I thought if I dig a border that includes it, then I can add compost and give it a helping hand. Past the tree and down the imaginary path I'd have cottage garden perennials. The idea is that you don't see all the garden at once and you are drawn down a bit of a shady walk under the other trees that are further down past where the bed would end. I'll include pics later but does anyone else have a similar thing that they'd like to share to give me inspiration - it's a lot of work if it's only successful in my head!! :0)