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