Ursula's Cambridge Garden

Professional gardener and plantswoman writing from my small urban garden in a great city

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Recent winter projects

This winter has been cold, plenty of rain, and plenty of gloriously crisp and sunny days, like this one above in my own garden.  Many winter highlights which give colour and evergreen backbone to the garden at this timeof year – lovely silvery Astelia….



And Mahonias (here in my parents’ garden)

and the wonderful red berries of Nandina (also in my parents’ garden)

Winter is of course a great time to get things really sorted – this new year period has been very busy.

I’ve been cutting back perennial detritis and spent seed heads left on for winter interest in my parents’ garden – leaves nice tidy, ‘clean’ beds ready for all the bulbs peeking through.

And tackling a new planting project of another client – first the clearing of the area ….

And now the setting out of all the new planting this week – including Cornus, Mahonia and plenty of hellebores and hydrangeas for a nice dappled shade area.  Watch this space!

Clematis chirrosa is a great star of this time of year – evergreen, tough as anything, and with the most lovely slowers in the depths of winter – an absolute winner.

Happy gardening!


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Evergreens so welcome in January…

January is often a bleak month – but this is when the power of evergreen plants is so heartwarming – in my own garden my bamboo, Yukka, Euphorbia characias, Coronilla, Clematis armandii, box spheres and my Phormium are all giving plenty of evergreen to power through the cold and grey of the New Year weather.  This is the view from my sitting room window taken through the glass on a bright day last week.

And here are great evergreen box sentinals at a client’s garden…

And of course the evergreen of houseplants always lifts the spirits in winter.

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Finished border – and the last work of 2017 complete

The border I started planting last week is finished today – over 100 plants in a shady, north-facing border, including massed Box spheres, Hydrangeas, Sarcoccoca ‘Dragon’s Gate’, Viburnum tinus, evergreen Ferns, Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, Hellebores, Pachysandra, Pulmonaria, Brunnera and Epimedium.  Next year we will be adding white and blue English bluebells and snowdrops.   There are many excellent groundcover plants included in this list of perennials, so the long border will fill out nicely next year.

I’m pleased with progress since Easter – when my Client began the Great Work of breaking up the old planting/landscaping in stylish fashion…

Roll on 2018 !

A very happy Christmas to everyone, and looking foward to a great gardening 2018 ahead.