I am delighted that my client, Ray, has just ‘signed-off’ the planting scheme for his new and improved North-facing raised bed in his front garden (with morning sun from the East and afternoon sun from the West). There is always that moment whilst waiting for feedback on a design when I wonder if client is enthralled and in raptures over their planting design that truly represents their flowering passions and plant pleasures.. or not, thankfully I haven’t experienced that yet and hope not to.

Listening and understanding is so important, gardens are intimate spaces that we all use and are ourselves in, in truly unique and private ways. Listening, is about capturing the wishes of a client and how they want to use their outside space. In this instance, the raised bed forms part of an entrance to the house and so I wanted scent and tactile plants that can be rifled through on exits and entrances.

Ray told me that “flowers are important” and so with this in mind and the location of the raised bed, I set about researching beautiful plants that would do well year on year in this micro-climate (location). I am adding horticultural grit and Vital Earth organic (peat-free) compost to feed and enhance the growing medium within the bed. All should be nutritious and free draining for these plants. I may well add a bag of well rotted horse manure for good measure.. we want long living, happy plants.

The plants..
Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’
Tulipa ‘Generaal de Wet’
Anemone coronaria ‘Die Braut’
Centaurea ‘Amethyst on Ice’
Dianthus chinensis
Epimedium x rubrum
Osteospermum ‘Nuanza Copper Purple’
Tulipa ‘Makassar’
Lobelia x speciosa ‘Kompliment Scharlach’

Once plants are sourced and in my green little fingers I shall take photographs and publish in my next blog for you to see.

If you would like to talk with me about a new planting scheme in your garden, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is judi@judithegardener.co.uk. For gardening maintenance enquiries (North-East London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Enfield) please telephone 07818 005773. Always happy to answer gardening questions if I can or steer you towards resources.
Happy gardening!