Posted: 10/02/2017 at 18:36
If I remember correctly from your recent TV appearance you have quite a bit more garden on 'this' (ie on the house) side of the arch - so this isn't your only piece of garden? I hope that's right.
I agree with the comments made above and would consider putting trellis in front of the metal wall to grow some more climbers. I think you already have roses etc so you can do more of those - perhaps repeating some combinations from elsewhere in the garden. Or you could think about evergreen climbers to permanently hide the wall - ivy and the star jasmine mentioned above might work - with a rose or clematis scrambling through.
I also agree with the suggestion to do away with the small area of grass. You could lay a nice a wide path (perhaps at a jaunty angle or with a slight curve - depending on how that works with the rest of the garden) between the 2 slabbed areas.
This would then give you 2 much wider borders which you could plant up with some shrubs for height and perhaps a small tree. This will give the feeling of enclosure you want. If you include some evergreens you will have year round structure and interest. You could even include a bit of simple topiary - perhaps some bay tree lollipops staggered either side of the path.
You can then use the plants you've listed for under and mid height planting. You have some nice plants in your list but be wary of dot planting (I make that mistake all the time....) - it nearly always looks better if you can plant big bold groups of fewer varieties. Do you have any successful planting combinations in the rest of the garden you could repeat in this area? Repeat planting around a garden often makes for a more harmonious effect.
Last edited: 10 February 2017 18:37:43