Mixed Border Planting – Ashley Heath

Mixed Border Planting, Ashley Heath

Photo of completed mixed border planting.

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 asstant colleague we marked out a 2 meter wide, simple curved border in the existing lawn. This worked well giving the garden a sence of more space. The turf was manually cut, then stacked, face down in the corner of the garden. Over time the turf will rote 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 payed a visit to Plant’s forTrade, 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 interplanted with ornamental grasses bringing movement and unity to the finished planting. 


For an autumn border planting please contact me.

West Moors, Garden Privacy and Reduction in Noise Pollution

West Moors: Garden Privacy and a Reduction in Noise Pollution

West Moors garden privacy, Dorset. Evergreen shrubs to reduce noise pollution.

Garden planting to improve garden privacy and reduce road noise

This client lived adjacent to a busy road in West Moors and her garden suffered from a lack of privacy, and also from noise pollution. She wanted a screen of evergreen shrubs to provide privacy, reduce the noise pollution, but also be attractive to look at. 

I devised a plan and we cleared a mounded area of front garden and planted this with a mix of shrubs. I chose some with interesting foliage, that also flowered and produced berries for the birds throughout the changing seasons. Winter flowering shrubs also tend to have a much stronger scent, designed to lure in insects to pollinate the flowers. 

The new planting scheme will certainly help to increase garden privacy and reduce the noise from the road next to this West Moors’ garden.

» For help with improving garden privacy and/or noise pollution in your garden please contact me.