Posted: 20/05/2017 at 18:26
I know that perennials die back in winter so does that mean the garden will be bare soil? How do I mow the lawn around these plants? It's all very stressfu!
I feel like giving up basically, and just having grass with maybe one tree/bush plonked in the middle to give the appearance that I've made some sort of effort. The garden is quite big, about 23m long. It wraps around the house with the widest part being 15m and the narrow part about 7m.
I'm obviously useless at gardening as I haven't managed well with the few pot plants I currently have. I've even managed to kill the vinca minor!
Does anyone have any advice, before I throw in the towel completely?
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Perennials are generally planted into the borders so they don't stop you mowing the lawn. You could get inspiration by visiting gardens in the National Garden Scheme. These are mainly private gardens which once or twice a year for charity, and often do have for sale the plants which are growing in the garden. That way you can see the actual thing rather than photos.
Here's the link https://www.ngs.org.uk/