Have you got to that point where the inside of the house is done, but now you need to get the outside to be as stylish.
This was the point my clients had got to in March. The view from the kitchen window was a mismatched border with little light and a child's toy and pots dumping ground
This house has a wrap around garden, and this was the point where the garden went around the house, but apart from a couple of old stepping stones, there was no distinction between lawn, border and hedging at the boundary,
To start off the border preparation, the tree ceanothus had to go, and the border soil was dug deeply and enriched as it is a free draining neutral loam.
We took an educated guess that the Acer was a purple leaved one, and, using that and the remaining hebe as the key foliage plants, we made this border a coloured foliage theme, so that there is interest from the window all year round.
2 additional Acers, Berberis admiration, Hellebores, Pittosporum tom thumb, Ceratostigma, Ferns and Ophiopogon were some of the varieties selected. With campanula, geranium macchorizum and epimedium for ground cover.
This was the border nicely filling out this week.