It’s not just the garden centre which has undergone radical changes, but now when the majority of plants lie dormant, alterations are also underway in the garden itself.
There are plenty of reasons for this; a wish to revamp and re-orientate the view of the garden by removing fences and other boundaries and to take advantage of a bold new landscaping project. Uniting the garden and the landscaping will give more inspirational and informative planting areas and a new chapter in the garden centres evolution.
Plants have been moved and split if they have grown too big, need a more suitable location, or in our case simply wish to change the gardens look. We have taken care to find out the best time to move our plants – too early or too late could affect next years flowering or fruiting abilities.
As part of our wish to make the garden more environmentally friendly, the removed fencing has been replaced with a Fagus hedge. Fagus (Beech) is a European native, ideal for feeding and sheltering wildlife and a natural windbreak. In addition to this we have re-located the Grisselinia hedge at the gardens entrance, hopefully this will give a better view of the garden beyond and in the months to come this will give us the opportunity to introduce some new planting combinations.
We haven’t forgotten our existing plants. Even a short walk around the garden has revealed signs of life. Bulbs such as Galanthus (Snowdrop), Muscari (Grape Hyacinth), and Narcissus varieties such as ‘Tete a Tete’ are just starting to show. Early flowering bedding plants such as Primulas, Pansies and Violas continue to bloom and are invaluable for brightening up flower beds.
Many of our existing shrubs including Viburnum, Hebe, Cornus, Skimmia and Pieris also add interest and remind us that Spring is only just round the corner.