glorias-garden-4-12-12-003I love working with clients who also have a deep response to their developing and changing gardens. In particular I have so enjoyed putting in the backdrop plants for my client who lives on an exposed site in Essex. I wrote about her a few weeks ago in ‘My happy Witch who lives on a hill’. During the past few weeks I have been introducing some coloured stems to the backdrop with Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ as well as a variagated holly, Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Golden King’. The holly is a particularly cherished plant for a practicing pagan witch and so my client is especially overjoyed to have not one but three newly planted, one girl and two boys.

The planting of the laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is the key ingredient in creating a green screen to provide the much needed seclusion for the boundary to the garden. By next year they will be up by a third of a metre and I know both myself and my client are willing them speedy and robust growth. But I have to say the joy is in the planting and the watching, seeing the changing shape and feel of the garden unfold before me.. there is a magic in it, a kind of plant alchemy, a creation, a bringing together of elements to create a perfect haven.

If you would like to talk with me about a new planting scheme for your garden or a bespoke Dingly Dell, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is For gardening development and maintenance enquiries (North-East London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Enfield) please telephone 07818 005773.

Happy gardening!