Ursula's Cambridge Garden

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Christmas round-up 2018

As the last leaves depart from my Fig tree, and much else in the garden, here are just a few images of some projects in the final month of this year.


(Above) New client’s garden – beginning the order out of chaos – this photograph shows end of first session – and 14 bags of detritis cleared!

(Below) Client’s garden – one season’s work creating a well-planted shade bed on the right, and a completely new south-facing bed on the left.  Watch this space to see the hot colours requested springing forth!

(Below) Client’s new planting maturing nicely after one whole year – last perennials to add in the spring to the far bed infront of the screen.

(Below – New client’s front garden bed newly planted behind established Lonicera nitida hedge – again watch this space to see the yellow/blue border come together in the new year.

(Above) Tulips being added to the mixed native hedge planted last November – coming on nicely!

(Below) And my own Cotinus ‘Dusky Maiden’ looking rather lovely back lit by the low winter sun.

Merry Christmas and happy gardening to you all!

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A year in the making

My Client’s new planting scheme is falling into place now after a whole year of work.  The whole site was stripped of debri and old landscaping, retaining a few choice plants, then three new borders were dug.  The new East facing border, in the South-facing garden is now finished this week (all principle shrubs and perennials are planted – bulbs are to follow in Autumn).  A new Amalanchier tree and Beech hedge were planted in Autumn 2017.

The Clients wanted a garden with strong lines and classically elegant elements such as Box and Yew balls, bearded Iris, peonies, catmint and Japanese anemones.  The colour palette was to be primarily green and white, with pops of blue and pink, and only background yellow elements such as the gentle lime-green-yellow froth of Alchemilla mollis and Euphorbia robbiae.  This is how the same view looked exactly a year ago.

The bed is divided either side of the bench – on the sunniest side we have massed lavender, bearded iris, peonies, sedums, salvias, Acanthus and catmints, along with Philadelphus, Viburnums Tinus, Opulus and Plicatum and Choisya, as well as the classic cool white ‘Iceberg’ rose.

Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’ getting established and flowering well.

On the other side of the bench which receives more semi-shade as the day progresses, there is Alchemilla mollis, more hellebores and japanese anemones and shade loving plantings of ferns, Cornus, hydrangeas and foxgloves towards the north-facing end of the garden, as well as a Japanese Acer.

The north-facing shade bed at the base of the mature beech hedge was planted in November 2017, before which it looked like this…

And now looks like this, with box balls, Brunnera and Euphorbias, ferns and Pulmonarias, (and a new screening to hide the shed and the ‘backstage’ elements of garden storage), all establishing nicely…

Watch this space for more developments!  Happy gardening!