Planting Ideas for the Patio Bed and the Flint Wall

Some new ideas – very different! Firstly the Patio Bed which is surrounded by paving and which enjoys partial sun during some of the day. It really needs something scented, or perhaps startling. The Flint Wall Bed is mainly shaded, but also protected and I think this is the final decision on the planting. The…

The Steps Beds

I like the ideas for the Patio Bed and wondered if I could translate the planting into a sunnier version. What about Miscanthus ‘Silberlicht’ and Pennisetum Alpecuroides ‘Hamelm’ in place of ferns. Verbena Bonariensis is tall, like the Japanese Anenomes, and the sedums give dual interest, like the Brunnera and Bergenias. The corner against the fence…

The Patio Bed

The bed in the patio is important because it is next to seating and so has to look good all year. While it is light, it is also partially shady, and snails are a problem. The Bergenia ‘Abendglut’ will turn dark burgundy in the winter and will look striking against Helleborus Niger. Then deep pink/purple…

Sunlight in the garden

The garden is empty apart from three trees, but the walls and fence and surrounding buildings cast shade. So I have a light garden, but a little direct sunlight.I thought the best way of monitoring the sunshine would be to take photographs at intervals during the day. The planting plan is going to be quite…

Front Garden Makeover

Nearly finished and looking good! Phoebe’s Garden Centre in Catford, London, have done a wonderful construction job. Now I need to plant hedging. And this is where we started.

Front Garden Makeover

We are making good progress. When the construction work is finished I will clean the steps (!) and repaint the walls, and then the garden is ready for a new hedge, either box or privet.