- Page 1 Site is prepared 2007-2008 (this page)
- Page 2 Planting 2009
- Page 3 Planting 2010
- Before/After Photo Gallery
The herbaceous border is on the left side of a long plot, off to the side of our house.
It was ploughed and rotavated in the spring
and I’ve seeded a grass path.
It is reached via a path through an area of rough cut grass. This is clearly too narrow. I have seeded the new path at four mower widths (4 x 24″) and the path here is currently two mower widths, I will widen that next spring.
We planted a yew hedge on the right side of the area planned for the Herbaceous Border. This will separate it from a sunken garden (to the right of the hedge, out of frame)
Its very late to be planting a bare root yew hedge … so much for having had the land ready for over a year
Well, the seeded grass path looks OK, but if I hadn’t mown it it would be hard to see where it finished and the beds began!
I’ve widened the path that leads to it to four mower widths, so its now 8′ wide.
The little white flags mark an “invisible fence” that we have put in to contain the dogs in the long grass (foreground). They can jump the rabbit fence and have a tendency to “roam”!
The hedge on this side is doing OK. The one on the other side, in the Shrubbery, is not looking so good.
I’m using a mixture of round-up and plastic sheet (a bit left over from the pond project!) to control the weeds as we will not plant this until the Autumn. I should have used sheet mulch under the hedge.
As part of the Front Hedge Replanting project a number of large shrubs were removed, and I decided these could become the backdrop for the proposed herbaceous border. Not sure how many, if any, will survive.
They were pretty big! had to bring the JCB round in order to plant them:
All planted at the back, and some composted “hay” from last June brought round ready to spread over the bed