This is a garden that is close to our hearts as it happens to be behind the Arbworx yard. It is somewhere that we try out ideas and go to get inspiration and possibly even take five minutes just to relax. The garden was started late in 2007 and in spare moments has been added to bit by bit.
All we had was grass everywhere and it wasn’t even good grass. Lumpy, full of weeds and quietly driving me mad to get to grips with it. But it was hard finding the time as clients always come first.
Firstly we got a digger in to deal with the ruts, turf and general state of the garden. After marking out the lines for borders and beds we excavated these to a depth of 1m and broke up and aerated the soil as we had no way of knowing the history of the garden… funnily enough we found some interesting things buried there!
Then when we had the basics sorted, levelling, aeration beds and borders, we went shopping for plants and found some great examples at architectural plants and big plant nurseries.
We used mychorrhizal fungi and soil conditioners to improve the soil before we started planting out. Slow release plant food was also added to offer the best conditions for growth in the early stages.
Once the plants were sorted and their positions confirmed we looked at the problem of the wind and how it would affect the garden. We choose not to totally block out the light and wind with solid fencing but opted for willow screening to soften the backdrop and give contrast to the curves of the plants with the uniform lines of the screens.
These were the building blocks that the garden was based on. We then finished planting out and re-turfed the lawn in the spring.
This is the garden two years on after a fair amount of work and effort. The beds are really starting to show off to their true potential and the evenings are fragrant with the scent of flowers like jasmin and the night scented stock. We fitted lights all around the garden and power so entertaining in the evenings is a delightful experience.