The partially shaded area to the front of this pretty cottage in Buckinghamshire was looking very sorry for itself and lacking impact. The soil was tough, with clay and flint to dig through, but with plenty of manure and elbow grease, we were able to get the border planted up. A tired looking path was replaced and redirected to increase border depth so that more substantial foundation planting could nestle at the foot of the property.
Shade-loving cottage favourites have been introduced, with foxgloves, Heuchera, Brunnera, Geraniums and Hosta weaving through an evergreen anchoring of Buxus cones and Sarcococca (Christmas Box). For later in the season at the sunnier end of the border, autumn tones of gold and red are provided by Rudbeckia, Sedum matrona and Stipa tenuissima surrounding a coppery-toned Acer.
The client is thrilled with their new front garden, so much so that they promptly went out and bought more of the same plants for the other side of the garden! Passers-by have been very complementary, which is always a great endorsement.
100 plants in 35 seconds!
Watch this short time lapse video of Catherine Cottage front borders being planted.
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