Just submitted: My latest assignment for the Gardening With Grasses course I am completing with ornamental grasses expert Michael King.
The brief here was for broadly evergreen planting for a series of troughs to sit beneath a window and provide year round interest in this front garden.
This was achieved using a combination of Fern, Pittasporum, Helleborus and the endearingly heart-shaped foliage of Epimedium. A smattering of Gaura and Anemone is included to punctuate the leafy line-up with some low key but luminous blossom occasionally throughout the year.
This bench belonged to a client's Mum and had sentimental value. The task: to restore its former loveliness.
A rock garden in a shaded corner is a slightly tricky prospect. We used gorgeous red-purple Ajuga repens and bright Heucheras for ground cover here teamed with late flowering and cascading Tiarella cordifolia to beautiful effect.
After (Oct 2020)
Seeds have arrived for our latest project... wildlife friendly planting in a smallish garden in Hendon. All best sown immediately, can't wait to see how they do and looking forward to nurturing some seedlings come the Spring.
Prior to us planting, this area had been given over to bamboo. Unfortunately, the bamboo had blocked out significant light and its density felt claustrophobic.
Our brief, therefore, was to select planting that would grow to only a moderate height and to introduce some colour to this South-facing terrace made of gorgeous wooden sleepers.
Reluctant to rely on flowers alone, since blossom can come and go relatively quickly, we made sure to include several grasses with impactful colouring (Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' or Japanese Blood Grass and Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' or Japanese Forest Grass) alongside some deep red foliaged plants (Sedum 'Black Emporer'and Loropetalum chinense or Chinese Fringe Flower').
Upon completion (July):
Spent a lovely week in the Brecon Beacons getting some valuable carpentry tuition (team effort to build a Composting Loo!)
More showcasing of our work in the large garden at the Air BnB Mayfield Hideaway.
This particular bed flanks the entrance to the Hideaway where first impressions are important.
Upon Completion (July):
Upon Completion (May):
In our most ambitious project to date, we addressed some forlorn patches of this gorgeous cottage's garden in Ashbourne in the Peak District https://mayfieldhideaway.com/ . This bed is located right outside the doorway of the converted barn so we got to work making it look pretty.
Upon completion (May):
After (September 2020):
This South facing garden situated in East Finchley had already beautifully shaped curved beds in the foreground to work with. Although the weeds had moved in, the basics were there and such wide, spacious beds were a joy to plan the planting for.