Since I moved into my house, I have been threatening war on the front garden and yesterday was the day I declared a full on battle!
My front garden isn’t very big, it’s just the right size for me. It has a border of about 2′ most of the way around and gets a good deal of sun but probably mostly shady. I didn’t have much of an interest in flower gardening before this year but seeing as I had nowhere (safe) to plant vegetables so I tried flowers and I liked it!
Whoever took an interest in this part of the garden had planted shrubs, a lot of not very pretty shrubs and rambling roses with nowhere to ramble. I’m a not a fan of shrubs, they do have their place in the garden but not in a small border, well, my small border. I have no idea what the majority of these shrubs are but to me they look straggly, out of place and don’t suit it. There’s a continuous supply of Golden Rod, even if I think I’ve dug it all out, it still appears but truthfully it’s grown on me. There’s a tree and a beautiful white Fuschia bush (which my sister is waiting to cut right back) and I quite like this one as it’s at the end of the border and is kind of like a bookend) and a beautiful Peony which has only flowered once but has lots of new growth (any ideas?).
I would like a garden that makes an impact, full of colour and variations of height ideally a cottage garden with pretty traditional cottage garden flowers with bees bumbling and butterflies fluttering and ideally I would like to grow flowers for cutting but I’m not sure I have enough room to grow enough for cutting and to have a pretty garden!
My garden at the moment does make a statement however it’s more of a “Weed me” kind of statement.
So today I decided I would take a section of the garden, weed it, clear the stones and plant bulbs. I am going to do this week by week and slowly fill my garden with what I want, not the previous tenants version of some kind of shrubbery. Yes, I am going to dig out everything that I don’t see fit.
Seeing as I intend on attempting this properly but have never done it before, I actually sat down and sorted out what bulbs should go where and when and all sorts of organised thinking like that.
Starting at the back I planted Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ and in front of that I planted a mixure of Pretty Woman and Queen of the Night tulips. I have no idea what this possible display will look like (please don’t laugh if you know that this won’t work!) and I’ve never planted tulips in a border before, only in pots so this could either go really well or awful, but it’s all learning, right? I’ve also threaded about two dozen Snow Bunting throughout the section of the bed. Still to go in somewhere are Fritillaria Michailovskyi, Lady Beatrix Stanley Iris, Little Beauty and Muscari Bellevalia Pycnantha.
My favourite flowers are tulips and poppies and I’ve a fondness for nasturtiums (mostly because a cat could grow them and they fill up space).
I am always torn between investing in my garden and sticking things in pots because if I ever move, I can’t take my garden with me unless it’s in pots but I can’t wait forever either. So here goes…if you have any suggestions that I could add to my garden please comment.
*note: The bulbs I have listed above and a lot of the flowers in the photos were purchased at The Secret Garden Centre, I cannot recommend this garden centre enough whether you purchase online or go to eat cake, see ducks and stock up on all things garden.*