Growing through phases: phase 1 complete

A section of the back garden that has been completed by the landscapers. You can see the layout with two raised beds and one lower ornamental bed, paving, and rusted steel arch. This backs on to the back of the house.

The first phase of the landscaping was finished last week! It looks bare now, but it is ready for planting.

To remind you what it looked like previously:

A section of the back garden. There is decking with lots of potted plants on it, then the grass area and some more plants in pots. The sun is shining across the plants on the decking area.

And now:

Same space from a different angle

The empty paved area will be for the chairs, table and parasol. The raised area alongside the step (right) is for the air sourced heat pump, that will be going in next week.

The two raised beds will be for some strawberries and vegetables. As you can see, they are in the sunniest part of the garden during winter. This is a much smaller space for growing food than I’ve had for many years, but it better suits my limited energy. If my health deteriorates further, these could easily be converted to ornamental beds.

The lower bed will be a mix of alpine scree bed (left), sorrel patch (middle section), and wisteria (right), and some other ornamentals. The latter will be growing up the pergola which will be built in phase 3, most likely early next year.

I’m really pleased with how the 1st phase looks. In fact, Josh, my landscaper asked: does it look like you hoped? My reply, it looks exactly as I hoped. A nice warm space that should be a delight to relax and potter in.

We hope to get onto phase two (within the yellow highlight, below) by the end of April. A large part of this area will be for the greenhouse, but there will also be a 5m by 1.8m border for more ornamental plants.

A to scale drawing outlining the design of the garden. One section has a yellow highlight and that is phase 2, and the other has a pink highlight for phase three.

In the meantime, I can get on with some planting in the lovely new beds. Hurrah!

1 thought on “Growing through phases: phase 1 complete”

  1. This looks fantastic and it’s really good idea to tackle the landscaping in phases, I bet you can’t wait to get some plants in!

    (I thought I’d left a comment when this was first published but am beginning to think I did something wrong so thought I’d circle back and leave another one.)


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