Posted: 15/12/2014 at 16:24
Fabulous beds & views Lyn. You too Obelixx.
I created a large woodland style bed a couple of years ago which is still very much in it's infancy. I found that spreading a decent mulch of bark chippings between the baby shrubs and trees suppressed weeds / retained moisture and also allowed me to walk around the bed to plant up perennials and bulbs as I acquired them.
I will continue to maintain a plant free 3' wide bark path at the back of the border and will try to leave at least a couple of narrow paths through the border for access.
I have grown lots of plants from seed to save money and I also try to select plants at the GC or nursery which look as though they will divide into at least 2 or 3 plants. A nursery bed is a great idea. I use a large raised bed for this as the soil in it is much better for baby plants than my heavy clay. The plants also require less watering and attention than plants in pots. Keep your eyes open for deals in the press as well - I have just bought 30 named (baby) hellebore plants for £1 each and a load of cyclamen corms for much less than GC prices.
Enjoy planning & creating