Before I lay out the planting scheme I need to prepare the soil which has been in that raised bed for many years now, I wouldn’t like to say how many.. so the first thing I want to do, is feed it with organic compost and manure and give it plenty of grit to improve the drainage.

It is ever so exciting to be bringing to life a planting plan from paper to the bed and to witness firsthand the magic that takes place as each of the young plants take up their place in their new home. They look so small and fragile but I know that I have selected plants that will do well in this location and with water and sun they should come on beautifully. Like a new parent constantly adoring and watching their new born, it is almost the same for me at the moment, every time I pass the plants I can’t help but go check on their progress. Luckily, my client lives very close to my home and so frequent visits are possible..

Ray, is delighted with his bed thus far, but I have assured him there are many more unfolding treats to enjoy as the season advances. Unable to source one of the plants in my initial scheme I substituted with Nerine bowdenii, I am delighted I have because these little autumnal lilies (bulbs can be planted in spring for flowering the following autumn) will bring a cheering sparkle to the season and hopefully to the faces of my client’s as they pass them.

The plants

Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’
Centurea ‘Amethyst on Ice’ substituted with Centurea cyanus ‘Black Ball’
Dianthus chinensis heddewigii ‘Victoriana’ (growing from seed in the greenhouse)
Epimedium x rubrum
Nerine bowdenii
Osteospermum ‘Nuanza Copper Purple’
Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’

I shall keep a photo diary of the progress of this raised bed, so watch this space..

PS: You may have spotted a couple of plants that I haven’t listed above, well done you for having such keen eyes, you are right, for I included a couple of freebies. Nasturtiums, currently growing like mad in my greenhouse and always a crowd pleaser!

Happy gardening!

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