Moving into a new build house two years ago, we had a blank canvas as regards a garden. To date we have focused on the back garden, however the time has come to focus on the front garden.
The builders have provided us with a border of evergreen bushes adjacent to the pavement, a flowering cherry tree and the rest was laid with grass. Several of our neighbours have planted against their fences, however we had decided on a different solution.
But first, earlier in the year, we created a small gravel area near the front door on a area that the grass had not grown. On it a container was placed with two herbaceous plants and some tulips. The tulips have now flowered and died back.
The plan on the other side of the bay window was to have another container, and a raised bed in front of the fence with a trellis. The raised bed was to have gravel round the front and bark behind. The blank canvas was an area of grass, some of which was not growing very well.
The first task was to construct a frame around the area that the container was to be located, and then the raised bed constructed. These were then put in approximate place to determine where the turf would need to be cut away.
The next stage was create an edge on the turf that would mark the boundary between the grass and gravel. An edging system by Everedge was used. This comes in one metre sections, of which three were used. The turf was cut into for container dias frame and the raised bed. These were then put in place and levelled. The removed turf was placed in the container dias to raise the level prior to the gravel being put in (reducing the amount of gravel required).
Round the back of the raised bed two bag of compressed bark were placed, whilst around the front the four bags of gravel we had for the border was placed. There was only enough for half of the requirement, so a quick trip to the garden centre just before closing time was undertaken for another four bags of gravel.
This is were the project was left on the Saturday evening. On Sunday, a trip was made to B&Q for the gravel (a different mix to that used in the border) and some shrubs. The container dais was topped up with gravel. The container was put into position and a Lavatera planted in the centre of the container with some trailing lobelia in the corners.
The raised bed has been planted with a clematis on the left side and a honeysuckle on the right side. A golden conifer has been planted in the centre.
The raised bed will need further planting in the coming week or so.