We have lived in our house for ten years. When we arrived, most of it was very badly paved with horrendous raised beds and a semi-derelict drive. On a shoestring, we gradually took up the paving and demolished the raised beds, covered broken paths with membrane and chippings and planted rather haphazardly with cheap plants and cuttings. It looks much better and I've learnt a lot in the process of improving things, but it has dawned on me that the garden is much too bitty and the secret of a successful small garden is strong design and greater simplicity. My aim for this year is to improve the framework and strengthen the basic shape of the garden. I'm a plantaholic and tend to plant one of everything, so that I have room for lots of different herbacious perennials. I hope at least to divide plants and create more repetition and to colour theme different parts of the garden, so that the overall effect is simpler. It is a learning curve, so I expect to succeed in some areas and cotinue to work at it in the coming years, should I be granted them.
This is the back garden last June.
The front garden.
These took forever to upload, so I'll stop at that. We have a large pergola and summerhouse. The summehouse is actually an old chicken house with the front removed and clothed with wood cladding and decking, my husband's pride and joy but unoffically known as 'Grumpy's shed.' I've planted roses,clematis and jasmines to climb over it. It all looks great when things are in flower and messy when they are not and the lack of good structure shows.