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.

New Rockery/Rockery Makeover, Ashley Heath

New Rockery/Rockery Makeover Ashley Heath


Garden Restoration Ringwood

My client, at Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, asked if I could come up with some garden restoration ideas to improve the look of a neglected and overgrown rockery. 

The rockery had originally been planted by the client’s father over 40 years ago, with a mix of evergreen conifers, shrubs and perennials. However, over time these had become very leggy and out of shape, and the old rockery was long overdue some TLC and a rockery ‘makeover’!

After talking to the client it was clear that the best way forward was to bring in a team of gardeners to clear the rockery of most of the existing plants. This would serve to make way for new plants and effectively a new rockery.

New rockery with colour, different textures and form

Clearing the rockery wasn’t easy! We had to work around the existing boulders to plan and plant the area with a mix of some new small conifers and shrubs, ground spreading alpines, succulents, perennials and bulbs. This would ensure the new rockery had an array of colour, different textures and form throughout the changing seasons. 

The new rockery/rockery makeover took place in the spring of 2017.  Each month of 2018 we’ve carried out garden restoration and maintenance in this Ashley Heath garden, and have been able to watch both rockery and garden grow and flourish. 

Now the garden with its new rockery has taken on a whole new look and is maturing with ease, with plenty of colour and interest to enjoy throughout the year – and for many years to come.

» For help creating a new rockery, or updating an old, neglected one (rockery makeover) in your garden please contact me.