Gar­den makeover Raised-bed blues

A plain-vanilla gar­den with a long, raised bed is a great op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate depth and tex­ture by lay­er­ing dif­fer­ent sizes and types of plants

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text and per­spec­tive draw­ing by Carol Buck­nell. Illustration by Imo­gen Temm.

Hi Carol,

I’m an avid reader of Your Home and Gar­den magazine and I can­not sort out what to do with my gar­den. We have a bare­bones site with a raised gar­den bed and I’m not sure what to plant or how to cre­ate depth and tex­ture in the space.

The prob­lem area is our front gar­den and the raised bed runs down the side of the house. The soil seems to be quite mixed: clay in some ar­eas and quite weedy and lush in oth­ers. The area out front is ex­posed to good sun and is pretty shel­tered from wind. The side of the house has dap­pled light and is very shel­tered from wind. It is on the north side of the house.

I would love a lush, green gar­den that re­quires min­i­mal care (wouldn’t ev­ery­one?) with some great tex­tures and shapes. Han­nah Frost, Tawa, Welling­ton

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