Work in Progress!
Have you got an area of your garden that needs some OOMPH? Well, I have! As you may know, we have a stream running through the garden and we have two bridges across it. One is very old – possibly as old as the house – dating back to the 1500s, the other was put in by the previous owners. My husband has just finished installing a brick path which leads to the wooden bridge.
Although the bricks were from the reclamation yard, they still look a bit raw but much better than the broken slabs that were there before! Next to the path is where my problem area begins.
This is a ‘before’ picture. The tree is a Pittosporum and if you look closely, you will see that under it was a tangle of common Ivy. I spent ages pulling it out and cutting off dead twigs from the tree.
This is the view from the other side – the problem area is partly behind the Summer House.
There’s a Fatsia japonica – not in good condition but bearable. There are also stepping stones which lead from the path right round the Summer House – there they stop!
In the summer, the boring corner is not boring or problematic. In the corner by the bridge there’s a lovely Corylus maxima purpurea which gets coppiced every two years. Amazingly, against the wall is a very healthy Trachelospermum jasminoides which flowers well. In front of that is a Kolkwitzia amabilis and the two Spiraeas that I cut hard back a few weeks ago.
But at this time of year, it definitely needs a makeover. That’s why I planted the three Euphorbia robbiae and although I’ve had warnings from fellow GOY-ers, I hope that they DO spread! It’s a dark area which needs some strong plants.
I have been planning this area and now intend to search for some interesting shade lovers – Arums, ferns and Hostas. I do hope that these will add the ‘Wow’ factor to this boring-at-this-time-of-year area! More ideas, anyone?
- 18 Mar, 2008
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