One of the joys of buying a property with a neglected garden is the potential to really put your mark on the garden layout and design. I’ve found that the biggest asset in designing a garden is the ability to take a deep breath and make a bold decision and one of the boldest decisions I’ve taken was to remove 100m of leylandii hedge, replant with a beech hedge and create a new border 100m long and 3m deep without a clear idea for the planting design. Whilst I was making up my mind, I decided to plant the border with annuals using packets of seeds and what a delight that turned out to be. 10 years later the border has been fully planted and re-jigged many times as plants have died in the extreme cold but I still see the Love in the Mist and poppies peeping through reminding me of those early years.
I’m now faced with a similar challenge about what to do with a bank on my drive where, along with 3 splendid sequoia trees, are three overgrown, straggly spruce trees which were the previous owners Christmas trees. The bank is the main feature you see when you drive in and its the main view from the kitchen. It’s rather uninspiring, only looks good in spring when the bulbs are in bloom and it’s almost impossible to grow anything else under the trees apart from thuggish shrubs.
The Three Trees
So, after a few deep breaths, a discussion with a tree expert and a planning application later (we live in a conservation zone and we need permission to take down trees) major removal work has taken place to fell the trees
However, as yet I still do not have a clear plan for the new border. Possibly because it still looks a right mess with odd shaped shrubs and weedy looking hostas and ferns. Very uninspiring!
More to ponder on methinks, but whatever I decide it needs to be soon as we have the garden open to the public at the end of May 2016. No pressure then!