To make garden more cohesive, remove or move unwanted perennials and shrubs and replace with large (5-7) groups of the same species (see plant list for ideas) for a semi-formal look which will suit home’s traditional character. Spread compost and organic matter over clay areas to improve soil.
Remove scruffy trees and saplings and reshape the existing flowering cherry tree so it becomes a beautiful focal point for the garden.
Plant a mediumheight green screen the length of the raised bed to hide the fence and create a more verdant feel in the garden. Choose a species with attractive foliage and/or flowers to add year-round interest to the garden.
IN THE SHADE
Underplant the hedge with a mix of shade-tolerant flowering perennials with different leaf shapes for textural variation.
Remove pebbled areas from base of house and convert to garden beds to soften the built structure and connect it to the garden. Plant low shrubs with attractive flowers or interesting foliage in the new beds to add more texture.
Increase depth of planting by growing a low edging layer in front of shrubs.