Designing/filling newly created border!
I'm Karen, new to this site, although I've been lurking for a while soaking up all of your knowledge
Also new to gardening. I have made a conscious effort to alter my work/life balance and want to make my garden look nicer.
My ideal garden would incorporate an ancient oak tree, lovely bright flowers and perhaps a meandering stream. I would be based in the countryside too obviously. With no noisy neighbours!
However, I can't move presently (elderly mum needs frequent visits) so I shall 'bloom where I'm planted' - or try, at least.
My front garden is the one I'm focusing on, the back is just a yard. I have a very large established conifer tree with an extensive (and spreading! for sunlight I know) Senecio Sunshine, now known as Brachyglottis, underneath it. I'm fairly happy with both. Especially as the conifer is helping to hide the OH's metal motorbike shed! (It IS green metal, at least )
I'm attaching a picture showing our long fence. There used to be a privet hedge there and the ground there has never really recovered. The lawn seed wouldn't even grow. So now we have a long raised bed with wooden sleepers edging it. I am pleased with it.
However, FINALLY getting to the point! I am a little nervous now at how to fill what seems to be a massive space! I'm wondering how I make sure there is interest all year round and I guess I'm a little daunted.
I've started a Pinterest board and I've obviously been watching the Chelsea flower show.
Rhodedendrons, roses and climbing hydrangeas seem to grow well around here if that helps. My Spirea's, one died and one looks only slightly better.
Has anybody got any advice on putting everything together? I like peonies, aliums, climbers (was thinking of attaching a trellis halfway along the fence, or perhaps even two?) roses. Quite fancy a euphorbia pasteurii - looks very interesting.
How easy is it to grow echinacea? Looks lovely, the green and red. Stipa gargantia also has me intrigued. So there are lots I like but do I just throw them altogether?
In the far corner, I have pre-existing plants, namely a Nostalgia bush rose (doing well, yay I planted something which survived!) and a Rhodedenron, which we dug up from MIL's garden - also surviving and now flowering. These are pretty close together because at the time of planting that was the only space left haha. Should I be thinking of spacing them out?
I appreciate this is a very lengthy and rambling post. Well done to those who read it all.
Hope someone can advise me how to bung everything together. I'm wanting to plant a few things at least during next week.
Last edited: 25 May 2017 17:57:50