Posted: 30/07/2013 at 10:53
OK time for a contribution from me - quick recap we moved into a new house early June, and it has become increasingly apparent that the garden, though recently neglected/overgrown, was originally very well planned and planted.
The area at the top of the steps, alongside the main seating area, had a couple of overgeown shrubs, lots of weeds, and a fair amount of junk:
I thought it would be nice to have some prettiness to look at here, so it now looks like this
It's got a couple each of my favourites (heucheras and hebes), some sedum, agapanthus, penstemon, etc. I've left the (old, rotting) planks of wood behind for the time being as 1) I have nowhere better to put them, and 2) a toad lives in them (the pond is at the bottom of the steps just off screen to the right). I may put up some trellising to screen the shed. And I may actually move one of the plants at the back, and put the Peace rose (mentioned in this thread http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/when-to-plant-rose-in-garden/88301.html ) there as it will then be seen every time we sit out on the patio. Still lots to do in this garden, but the journey is the fun