Rita's garden in January 2012 before the Dingly Dell installation

Area of garden to be cleared and prepared for the Dingly Dell installation April 2012








Planting plan for Rita's single Dingly Dell

I began planning out Rita’s Dingly Dell back in April this year (2012) and after an initial consultation I put together a planting plan to match Rita’s wishes, to include plants that entice pollinators into her garden. I suggested adding berries also, so that birds had something to enjoy too, especially during the lean winter months.

To take up the shape of the seating I deployed evergreen shrubs so that the backdrop planting would always be a presence and doesn’t fall away as with deciduous plants, leaving no more than a skeleton during the winter.


Ground preparation begins in (May 2012)

Membrane and bark going in (May 2012)







I knew that seclusion was an important part of the brief as well as colour and perfume, which I have integrated with feature deciduous shrubs. All the plants in the scheme will grow and develop through the seasons, raising up above the height of the bench to give that perfectly secluded place for retreat within the garden.

Working to a budget and sticking within the agreed limit is important and with this in mind I offer the option of having the Dingly Dell installed chapter by chapter, over a period of time.. for example, you may wish for the installation to take place on a weekly basis (one two-three hour session) or you may prefer to have the Dingly Dell prepared and installed within a couple of days (as a one-off project). Either way I am always happy to accommodate clients’ wishes. If you would like to find out more about the plants I selected for Rita’s Dingly Dell do please get in touch.

Dingly Dell 7 weeks after planting

Hot July sunshine







Dingly Dell sideways on

View from behind Dingly Dell







“Judi has lots of appealing gardening ideas, one of the most exciting was to create a ‘Dingly Dell’ at the end of my garden. This part of the garden was nondescript and untended, it  has now been transformed into an attractive and relaxing place to sit.  It is anticipated that in time, as the planted shrubs mature, it will become an even more peaceful and relaxing area, with the extra appeal of sweet perfume as an enticement to birds and butterflies. 

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Judi for the quality of her work, her professionalism, her ideas for garden improvement and as a very pleasant person to have working in one’s garden.” Rita Donovan July 2012.

Coming soon, the Jewel Bedecked Dingly Dell… watch this space!

If you would like to talk with me about a Dingly Dell for your garden or a new planting scheme, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is judi@judithegardener.co.uk. For garden development and 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!