SUG­GESTED PLANT­ING PLAN

Your Home and Garden - - Your Garden -

1 DOWN TO EARTH

To im­prove grow­ing con­di­tions for new and ex­ist­ing plants, re­move some of the stones and re­place with good-qual­ity plant­ing mix and plenty of or­ganic mat­ter such as sta­ble or poul­try ma­nure, com­post or sea­weed. Re­tain some of the larger rocks in the rock­ery to add in­ter­est.

2

STAIN STYLE

Waterblast mould and moss from tim­ber re­tain­ing walls in tiered gar­den, then stain them a dark grey to cre­ate a crisper, more fin­ished look.

3

IN THE ROUND

To con­trast with the geo­met­ric form of the house and the paved drive­way, plant nat­u­rally mound­ing shrubs (or clip shrubs into rounded shapes) at the back of the rock gar­den.

4 FLOWER POWER

In both sets of beds, plant medium-height flow­er­ing plants near the front for some sea­sonal colour.

5 GROUND WORK

Plant ground­cov­ers and cas­cad­ing shrubs be­tween ex­ist­ing roses and on the lower lev­els of both gar­dens. Al­low them to drape over the edges of the tim­ber and con­crete walls so they softly beau­tify the approach to the house.

6 VER­TI­CAL CON­TRAST

Plant flaxes, grasses and species with up­right, ver­ti­cal forms in the mid­dle level of both gar­dens to con­trast with the round and cas­cad­ing plants thus cre­at­ing dy­namic vis­ual in­ter­est.

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