Sometimes when you inherit a large mature garden. What you want to do isn't always possible or practicable within budgets and timescales.
This was the case in this lovely Surrey Hills Garden. Where the backdrop of mature Conifers and Woodland trees was masking a sea of concrete paths and pools, - long since empty of water and fish, and now covered in weeds.
The longer term plan for this garden is a complete redesign, but for this year, we needed plants to give colour in Spring and late summer, that won't be eaten by the Rabbits, and that will cover the concrete as quickly as possible.
With a very sandy free draining soil, the defunct ponds, did mean that we could create damper planting pockets, so we could use Astilbe's , Hemerocallis and Lobelia Cardinalis which would not normally survive in this garden.
The border was planted a week ahead of the earliest snows for 19 years, but by April, even though the concrete was still in evidence, the plants were starting to show off
By June, the plants are now taking over and starting to blur the hard lines
and the eye is drawn to the flowers, not the concrete
Of course when the lions have finally had their day, and all this concrete is removed. All the plants can be used in the new garden design.