Five conifers suddenly died in 2015. We chopped them down and we were literally left with a barren patch of land.
The soil was in bad shape after 80 years of pine needles dropping so first we put in new soil, dug it through and let it sit for a couple of months. We planted Horbeams in March 2016 to (eventually) create a hedge. In spring we planted Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' (A black cherry plum) and some annuals and perennials to get a garden started.
Four years later and the garden is flourishing. The hornbeam hedge, vibrant green in spring and a gorgeous russet in autumn, has grown above the fence line. Clematis and roses climb the fence and through the hedge. In spring tulips and daffodils give a glorious display under the flowering plum. As summer takes over candy-coloured Cosmos abound, keeping the bees and butterflies happy, foxgloves and Gladiolus sway, and Dahlia in myriad colours bask under the sun. As the days cool Centranthus, Ageratum and Salvia bring a welcome pop of colour. In the dead of winter as the mist sweeps in, stunning ruby stems, purple berries and silver foliage provide interest and cheer.