Spring Growth

Just before Christmas I posted how we changed a rather boring large lawned garden into something a bit more interesting with large borders and circular tiered lawns.

The post showed the process we used, so there wasn’t too much to see plant-wise as I had only just planted hardy perennials from 9cm pots. The advantage of planting in the autumn is that the root systems develop over the winter, giving better growth above ground in the spring. This is however, dependent on rainfall! So the dry autumn and dry spring has meant we have had to do a lot of watering – most seasons you can plant up in the autumn, relax and enjoy a great display in the spring.

Here is the garden last summer with the large lawn

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Here it is after planting the back end of last year – not much to see until…

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the spring bulbs are in flower

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and now in late spring there is much more interest

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Alliums are in flower, Nepeta Walkers Low are just coming into flower and the beds are really starting to fill up. Tall grasses are Calamagrostis Karl Foerster and Stipa Gigantica.

Maintenance has been low and will continue to decrease as the beds become fuller. The plan is to leave all the new growth over autumn and winter to give some structural interest. There will be a but of cutting back and tidying next spring but that should be about it.

There is so much more already in the garden for wildlife – the bees are loving the new flowers and there are many more birds in our garden than ever before. Blue Tits are nesting, plenty of Sparrows, Blackbirds and Goldfinches visiting.

In summary – we have created a low maintenance, wildlife friendly garden with plenty of space for family and friends to enjoy. Without the use of any chemicals!