Posted: 24/04/2013 at 20:28
OK. Mine is 6m x 6m and made from old blue stone slabs and granite paver cobbles taken form th eold cowsheds and barn when we bought thi sold farmhouse. It has a retaining wall along most of one side and part of another and built to knee/sitting heaight from wine bottles laid horizontally and topped with the slabs form old marble fireplaces.
A metal arch leads onto the grass and the beds in the main garden. The arch is clotehd in clematis viticellas Etoile Viiolette and Little Nell in summer. behind theretaining wall there is a large bed filled with roses, hellebores, geraniums, Japanese maples, echinops, aconitum, thalictrum, peonies, phlow and so on.
A brick chipping path leads along the back of the house, veg plot and work area and there's a trellis fence dividing theterrace form the veg garden and planted up with a Generous Gardener rose, honeysuckle and Cicciolina and Niobe clematis. On the other side there is a damp bed planted with astilbes, astilboides, hakonechloa, hostas, daffs, fritillaries, snowdrops, dicentras, primulas, ferns, hostas, chelone, hemerocallis and Japanese anemones.
On the terrace itself there is a large teak table which stays out all year. The parasol and metal and teak chairs go under cover for winter. In summer there are pots of hostas and lillies.