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Hello garden lovers, I am currently revamping the garden of the house that my husband and I have moved into. There is one stretch of it though that we're quite stuck with! It runs alongside the house and driveway, is north-facing (gets a little sunshine in the morning and afternoon from end of March through to beginning of October). We live in the north of Italy, close to the lakes. At the moment, it is a rather randomly planted long stretch of grass with a couple of Japanese maples and little else going on. Our thoughts were to make it a little formal (seeing as it's also north facing and it gets very dry in the summer with temperatures up to 35C and the winters here are very cold, at night down to -10C). I was thinking to get rid of current planting and plant maybe a line of needle cypress/junipers (the variety that doesn't grow too big, any suggestions?) along the driveway bit, but then what to do with the rest? I was also thinking of planting lavender underneath the current trimmed hedge but doubt it would thrive in such a position... I want to keep as easy Mediterranean clean look. Any suggestions? we're scratching our heads here! see photos to see what I mean thank you all!
Yes, I'll bump it too; it is an interesting problem; I'm sure that someone will be able to help
I think if you're going to have a line of those narrow cypress or junipers, then that's all you should have - it would look really stylish and elegant - less is more.
I agree with dove... What do other people have in their gardens... Not to copy but to see what grows well.....
What direction does the area face, north/south etc?
That could be a lovely long border. Maybe a narrow paved path up against the hedge to help with cutting it and sweeping up the cuttings, and then turn the rest to soil, dig over and fill with plants, taller ones to the rear and smaller ones to the front. The path will be hidden from view by the plants in front. Google image 'long borders' and you will see what I mean.
Something like this..
I'm thinking along the same lines as Dove but wondering if there are any bulbs you could under plant with to give seasonal interest. Looking around the natural landscape and in other people's gardens where you live - can you see what bulbs or low growing ground cover plants that thrive and do well?
If you could incorporate some compost or manure into the soil I would plant white hydrangea's. Lavendars would not like it there. Ok, not a Mediterranean look.
a couple of Italian cypress only for me.
If the soil is acid I would add pieris, azaleas and blue hydeangea.
Have you tried the MGS. There might be some things you like there. Yuccas and olive would suit.
How about some large shrubs alternated in a line.
I have seen some gardens (and Im going to do the same in an area like yours).
You pick two or three largeish shrubs in colours you like and alternate them, say, purple white pink purple white pink, all the way along. It looks really effective and you might not need as many as you think and there would still be some room for your bulbs.
Them shrubs in the middle of the lawn look out of place, they look like they been plonked in. I dig them out.
Seen as you dont want any plants what will look ugly in the winter months why dont you try annuals. compost them in the winter.
you could try roses instead of annuals or both. I use mainly Red i dont know why but i think it look best
I would dig a straight border next to the drive all the way up. add some shade annuals bussy lizzies. I would personal go for wax begonias they have a Mediterranean look.
I would then add some height to the middle of the lawn cutting another border quite wide from the shrub edge to the newly dug border ( you will have 2 little lawns then ). I love Magnolias but you could look at some tall Grasses - acer or any other shrub etc you like. Or you can try your hands at a bit of topiary
Or you could move all this to the other end i cant see if you got anything or not.
I cant help think how good and exotic kniphofia ( red hot poker ) would look there, but i dont think it will do to well though
I cut any border in a straight line.
That all i am going to say for now, i can image it but struggle to write it down
I hope this has give you some ideas cause it took me ages to write