Posted: 31/01/2016 at 11:28
The gate is a wonderful focal point. You may want to highlight it with a rose and a clematis and have a meandering path down to it with a bed in the middle so that you can't quite see the gate which means you would have to wander down the path to find it at the end. Under the tree plant cyclamen, snowdrops, aconites, hellebores, pehaps a clematis to climb up it and a thornless rose and make the meandering path go towards this tree area first. you mayalso want perhaps a rill along the opposite side of the path with a bog garden which are easy to build. You mayalso want a gazebo or other seating area again to encourage you to venture down to the bottom of the garden. Check the soil below the tree, it maybe more acidic than the rest of the garden so you could also plant a camellia under it. Just make sure when you plant under it you give each plant plenty of leafmould or compost, water then well in their first year and add bark or compost around them as the tree will make the area dry. Adding a gazebo would mean that you could add guttering and a water barrel. A greenhouse woukd also do the same.