My client wanted to transform a sparse and unappealing exposed bed in a very prominent position in their garden. Weeds plagued the site, primarily ground elder, and though it received plenty of light, its elevated southwesterly aspect meant that it was suffering from wind exposure. My client wanted to incorporate cottage style plants with plenty of material for cut flower arrangements.
The bed was completely stripped to remove the ground elder and new, improved soil was added. I designed windbreaks to protect the bed and increase the range of plants that can be grown. A mixed beech hedge was planted in double staggered rows to filter the prevailing wind and match the existing hedges in the garden. This hedge was supplemented with Escallonia ‘Apple Blossom’ which copes with strong winds and gives clusters of apple-blossom pink flowers all summer. A flowering cherry tree, Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ gives central stature, height and interest and the view of the boundary fence behind the bed has been softened with flowering and scented clematis and jasmine.
Plants have been chosen to fit the brief for soft billowy planting with vertical accents, in a restricted palette of blue, purple, silver, white and pink e.g. lupins, alliums, delphiniums, dahlias, geraniums, cistus and iris. Most importantly the selected plants will thrive and look good in the exposed site.