Tidying up is all done!
The Hintons’ Dudley garden has a solid backbone of shrubs and conifers, and a beautiful selection of herbaceous perennials in-between.
When we designed our garden, we had a single aim; to create one we could enjoy all year. However, it also needed to be very low maintenance because of our work. While we generally succeeded, we still have to dedicate three long weekends each year to keep on top of it. And so with the arrival of May and warmth, we spent our first days of the year clearing away the winter debris.
The great spring tidy took place last weekend. We weeded, topped up the bark mulch, and cut back the damaged, dead and defunct among the abundance of shrubs, heathers and dwarf conifers.
The most laborious single job was dealing with the six yuccas. We missed a trim last year and they suffered worse than normal over the winter so no leaves were left unspoilt.
The Fatsia japonica also suffered, but this had more to do with the harsh cut we made the previous year, followed by the hard winter. We had to reshape it in order to bring it back into our fence-line.
In the front garden, the bergenia has recovered from a previous ant infestation under the edging stones on the drive.
The pond has done well – it’s very clear, with the healthiest insect life we’ve seen for a while. We encourage frogs, and this year almost 70 of them congregated in the pond, resulting in several thousand tadpoles!
The feature hebe, as always, is causing a concern. It’s 2.7m (9ft) across and every year we ponder on what we’re going to try next to thicken up the top. We’ve tried pruning down the middle to promote low growth, but it doesn’t help and tends to push up higher. Any tips welcome!
We pride ourselves on colourful foliage interest all year round
Our hebe’s a constant conundrum The bergenia sprang back to life with gorgeous blooms
After a proper tidy up, everything’s looking neat and healthy
We’ve had about 70 frogs in the pond this year