As with the build at Hampton Court the construction of the hard landscaping and planting of trees was carried out by my friendly family team of landscapers, with myself and Paula helping out. The hot, dry weather had made the ground so hard the only way to dig holes for the fence posts was with a pneumatic drill! Once the fence was up and the trees in, it all started taking shape. The steel screens looked like they were made for the raised beds as they look fantastic there and as if they’d been there for years, especially with the mature roses growing through the windows. Lavenders, grasses, salvias, rosemary and stachys completed the planting of these areas.
The arch we’d used at the show was erected to provide a lovely entrance point from the residential block into the garden. Walking through it gives a lovely view of the water feature, with the beautiful fragrance of honeysuckle and jasmine climbing over the structure.
Just inside the arch and to the right is a secluded shady spot with ferns and other shade loving plants. Leading back into the sunnier area around the main water feature with achillea, verbena, rosemary, lavenders and more grasses linking the planting together.
The finishing touches were to give the old raised bed a clean-up and lick of paint which has transformed it completely and really enhances the planting.