Garden design and installation on E14 3GG

Garden after planting and tidying

This weekend I’ve worked at Schooner Close, Isle of Dogs.

Before I started garden was full of overgrown shrubs, wilted plants, empty pots, randomly placed plants, weeds in the gravel and between patio bricks.

Garden before work

Garden before work

Design

Garden already consist of brick beds, paved path and gravel. My task was to revitalize the garden and make it more colourful, clean and tidy.

Crown reduction

There were 2 trees with crown overhanging the North wall. It had to be removed as it was shading off one of the beds.

Tree crowns overshadowing  the garden

Tree crowns overshadowing the garden

Soil

Soil inside the beds was bone dry and lifeless. I’ve added fertilisers: dried chicken manure, rockdust and blood & bone meal. Every day I watered it heavily.

Garden planting

The plants selected for this garden were

  • Christmas box (Sarcococca hookeriana) Ghorepani
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) Bombshell
  • Fuchsia Delta’s Sara
  • Arum Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) Crowborough
  • Fuchsia Riccartonii
  • Fishpole bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)
  • Aster Mönch, Patricia Ballard, White Ladies
  • Phlox (Phlox paniculata) Düsterlohe
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Magnus
Hydrangea Bombshell and 2 Phlox Düsterlohe

Hydrangea Bombshell and 2 Phlox Düsterlohe

All of them flower in different parts of the year, some are evergreen shrubs, some annual flowers. Majority of them also attract beneficial insects and most importantly bees.

Weeding

Last element was to remove weeds from the gravel areas, from between slabs and from front garden. I don’t use pesticides, so manually removed the big ones and used vinegar weed killer to spray the small ones.

After the weekend garden was looking much better.

Garden after planting and tidying

Garden after planting and tidying

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