Wasn’t it a gorgeous weekend my lovelies? The timing of the sunshine was perfect too because I was tempted out into the garden to do a mini survey. My new garden. And as you can see from the photographs it’s not exactly brimming with flowers yet.
Which is why I have accepted a blogger challenge from online garden retailer Plant Me Now to create a beautiful outside oasis from a small unloved urban space. My space is not exactly unloved, it just hasn’t had a chance yet to fulfill its potential. It’s a pretty dull rectangular space, bordered on two sides by wooden fencing and on the right hand side by the garage wall, and it’s this side that I’m going to be concentrating on. As you can see it’s the sunniest spot in the garden and from the inside looking out it dominates that garden and is looking very plain.
My plan is to train some fast growing climbers up the wall (BF is already having a fit about screwing anything to brand new brickwork, but I’ll work on him!) and to have lots of potted plants along the path. It’s not very wide but I also want some kind of seating there so that we can enjoy the sun. The colour scheme is going to be green and white as it’s a modern house, and much as I would like a cottage garden it would just look out of place. Plant Me Now have suggested a selection of of perennials and bedding plants with a mix of different heights and textures to soften the space and create an attractive display. They will also flower at slightly different times to improve the longevity of the display. I’ll also be receiving a ‘Getting Started’ guide to help me give the plants the best possible start.
Love the Astilbe-astary don’t you?
In addition there will be an evergreen honeysuckle, an early flowering clematis and a late flowering clematis which will be planted close together to encourage them to intertwine.
You will have to come back in May/June time to see how I get on.
Wish me luck!