The client had been trying to make a wood-land style garden in the back part of her garden for some time but with little success. She found that some plants thrived and other just seemed to fade after one season never to re-appear.
Together we planned a new planting scheme, re-using as many of the existing plants as possible but introducing a number of wild flower plants as well, such as cowslips, primroses, ragged robin and the wonderfully named devil’s bit scabious – Succisa pratensis. I also used a number of wild native grasses which will be low growing so as to allow the more cultivated plants behind to be visible. Topped off with some shade tolerant shrubs and perennials such as Hydrangea aborscens Annabelle, anemones and hellebores and an abundance of spring bulbs sprinkled through, there should be something of interest through out the year.
I curved the beds and gave them a new line using paving setts to define the planting area, as well putting a new circular bench around one of the four established birch trees to create a restful place to come and sit. Finally, a mown path through the grass will allow access to the garden building at the back.