Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:03
A few weeks ago I asked advice about a nasty overgrown and suckered rose bed/escallonia hedge, and the advice from all you lovely gardening people was to rip it all out and start again. And now it is done..
As you can see its a border on our upper garden terrace, either side of some stone steps down to the lower levels. The border faces north (we are on the coast of North Somerset) and is close to the house so it doens't get a huge amount of sun. The soil is good (probably slightly alkaline). The space is 1m2 to the right of the steps and 1m x3m long on the left side.
As its a terrace border, it needs to look good from both sides. I don't want anything too high (max 60cm or so) so we can get a nice view down the garden.
The rest of the garden is filled with cottage favourites and lots of roses. There are already 5 other roses around the lawn on that level of terrace, as well as fennel, leucathemum, felicia petiolata and veronica cantiana (I think - I have plan from the previous owner, but am still a novice..)
I was thinking of something matching and evergreen either side of the steps for symmetry, and would also like something to cascade over the wall of the terrace to the level below (but wonder what bearing in mind the north aspect), as well as some nice perennials for colour.
But now am faced with big empty hole and rather intimidated by it, so would appreciate all advice.