Pittosporum ‘Silver Queen’ being planted as a hedge behind the new trellis.
The boys have spent the majority of this week putting some of the finishing touches on this terraced garden design; mainly turfing the upper section of the garden and rendering the retaining walls and raised beds.
Prior to planting the borders we planted a mature Amelanchier lamarckii (Snowy Mespilus) at the top of the hill, just down from the decking. It will have beautiful white blossom in the springtime and is a good sized tree for a residential garden.
Whilst we were working out our planting plan for the garden, Jerry put up two trellis panels and a very much needed new garden gate. He even cut a hole for a cat flap to be added for their beloved cat. All fencing, trellis and the gate were supplied by Heritage Fences.
Although the temperature has dropped this week, we’ve had some lovely autumnal sun, which bathed the garden in a warm glow and made the hedgehog house look beautiful.
To plant up the bank, above the decking, which is the highest point of the garden we chose Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’, Pittosporum ‘Sutherlandii’, Pachysandra for ground cover, Hebe ‘Wiri Charm’ and a Cotoneaster, which is always a winner for the birds.
A row of Lavender ‘Hidcote’ will be planted along the top raised bed on either side of the steps, with a mixture of grasses and perennials on the lower border.
A Quince is being planted in a sunny border near to the trellis, along with a Crab Apple and Cox’s Orange Pippen being planted further up the slope to create a mini orchard.
We are also planting a gorgeous creamy yellow flowered Star Jasmine – Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Chilli Vanilla’ in a shady corner next to the trellis. A great evergreen, which has bean like pods after flowering for extra interest.
Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Chilli Vanilla’
Early next week when the render has dried properly the raised beds can be prepared with soil and compost so that all the plants can be added. Painting the render will be the last job. It’s so exciting seeing this garden coming together after a couple of hard weeks working in the mud. Come back next week to see the final photos.