This was a communal gardening project for a garden overlooking the sea at Westbourne, in Bournemouth.
The task was to restore parts of the garden to its former glory, which was done by bringing vigour and interest to the existing planting scheme. Being a coastal garden, shrubs, heathers and other plants had become a bit windswept and bare over the years, so either needed restoring or replacing altogether.
First, we set about cutting out the dead and dying wood, trimmed the hedges, and then pruned the shrubs. Our next mission was to clear away the weeds, plant new shrubs, heathers and climbers. We also put down a good layer of woodland mulch to help condition and hold moisture in the soil.
This particular garden project has been challenging, but also very rewarding, especially now when everything is putting on new growth and looking fresh, with interesting structures, forms, textures, and vibrant colour.
[Below: Photos of the rejuvenated Westbourne garden.]