My clients asked if I would plan and plant a new border in their garden. The idea being to cut down on the lawn maintenance and create new year round interest.
With the help of my assistant colleague we marked out a 2 metre wide, simple, curved border in the existing lawn. This worked well, giving the garden a sense of more space.
The turf was manually cut, then stacked, face down in the corner of the garden. Over time the turf will rot down, making a loamy soil for use later.
Once the border was prepared it was then time to start thinking about the planting. The clients requested a low maintenance border, giving lots of interest throughout the year, with form and structure. The positioning of the border was in an open sunny part of the garden, with protection from cold winds. The soil was typically acidic, sandy loam with an already good structure.
Next it was time to source the plants so I paid a visit to Plant’s for Trade, a local commercial plants nursery, based near West Parley, Ferndown, where they supply an up to date array of interesting, quality plants suitable for our local climate.
The finished plan was a mix of evergreen and deciduous shrubs inter planted with ornamental grasses, bringing movement and unity to the finished planting.
[Below: Photos of the newly-planted garden border at Ashley Heath.]