Ursula's Cambridge Garden

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


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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.


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Planting a native mixed hedge

Today I have been planting a native mixed hedge on the last day of November.  It consists of Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa), Hazel (Corylus avellana), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyra), Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus).  In addition to this basic native mix I have also added Rosa rugosa, Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus), Dog rose (Rosa canina) and Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) to add some flowering pops of colour in summer – and, as you can see from the photo above, some brilliant red from the Dogwood in the winter, to harmonise with the caramel tones of the dried winter leaves of the Beech and Hornbeam.

This is the hedging set out for planting in the pre-prepared trench, in temperatures close to freezing this morning (there was even a few specks of snow falling at one point)….

And this is the final planting – all finished and ready to become an asset to my client’s front garden.