There were a few rarities at the time – Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ and Fothergilla gardenii ‘Blue Mist’ – nothing compared to its current inventory, but at the time I simply wanted to transform an otherwise eyesore into something green and living!
A year later things were beginning to fill in nicely! I added a flagstone pathway, if only to have a safe haven for my size elevens! I’d also fallen under the hypnotic spell of the more eclectic, rare and unusual botanical treasures that would one day rule my life [not complaining in the slightest!]
By the end of 2010 I was finally content with where it was heading. More and more I was turning to texture as opposed to flower – this, partly due to the lack of sunlight that this narrow border witnesses on a daily basis.
By 2011 I was all about big and bold as witnessed by the presence of Diphylleia cymosa, Kirengeshoma koreana and the statuesque Thalictrum that were happily seeding themselves throughout the length of the garden!
2012 brought the addition of water to the garden in the form of a large ceramic water bowl. It was the year that the garden seemed to hold its own. I do confess that it requires a steady influx of water to maintain this lushness but some things in life are worth the extra cost and effort!
\2013 was an awesome gardening year for me. Plenty of moisture for the first half ensured that my narrow garden was burgeoning with growth, colour and texture! A second piece of garden statuary was added – the long sought after heron that spent the winter exposed to the elements in order to achieve the perfect patina!