With a garden in so much shade, planting is quite difficult. The large Horse Chestnuts above take every drop of rain - this year will be the biggest test of all with the hose pipe ban.
|End of the Builders 2005|
|First trees planted - Betula utilis jacquemontii 2006|
The soil round the house was imported, but the beds further away from the house are yellow clay and full of ground elder. Once these had been sprayed and dug over - we marked out the beds.
In order to make the most of the woods in the background I created a meandering path leading the eye away. The Birch trees with their lovely white bark stood out against the dark background and 7 years later the garden looks part of the woodland. The trees have struggled a bit with the large Horse Chestnuts above.
...... my new topiary shears!