We replanted the neglected borders in this Twickenham garden in June 2015, putting in elegant shrubs, like Japanese maples and dogwoods, and long-flowering, robust perennials. The border shown is the key view from the window of the kitchen. Spool through the pictures below to see how it changed compared with a few months earlier when all it contained was a dying tree, some ivy and bits of junk.
Plants were carefully chosen to harmonise with their neighbours.
The red spires of Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firedance’ tone with the rosy stems of the Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’.
The bright yellow flowers of Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ pick up the autumn tints of the acer.
We used plenty of evergreen, to provide year round structure.
Much of the garden is astro-turfed and used by the childen for football. We surrounded the astroturf with robust plants like Luzula sylvatica ‘Hohe Tatra’ and Vinca minor ‘Argenteovariegata’ – which cope well with footballs and feet!