I began posting about the view west at the end of May as interest in the Spring Walk faded. I soon discovered that the bed in front of the terrace was not very satisfying and realised that I needed to spend time during the summer thinking about how it could be improved.
You can read the earlier posts here: 23 rd May
The shrub planting of various Cistus and an Elaeagnus give good structure and the crab apple gives interest in Spring with its beautiful blossom and all winter its red fruits shine in the sunshine, they are rarely eaten by birds, I’m not sure why.
On May 30th I wrote “Trees: Italian Cypress and Malus ‘Everest’. I think that now the vegetable garden has been extended on the other side of the drive (with the removal of an olive) there is a need for something tall to hide the tomato canes etc. Possible contender would be another Arbutus grown as a standard – it would cope with the drought, it is evergreen and has lovely bark.”
I have decided to plant the Arbutus but not where I was thinking about before; it will be planted closer to the Cypress (where I take the Thursday view) to hide the new houses in the distance.
I have chosen another native tree Pistacia lentiscus. It has small leaves is very drought tolerant I think it will complement the other natives in the bed; it isn’t very big at present but will establish all the quicker because it is small; when it has grown it will hide the vegetable beds from the sitting room window and from where we sit on the terrace in the evenings for an aperitivo. It isn’t a fast grower so I will have to be patient.
I have adjusted the entrance to the path that leads around the Large Island so that it is more inviting from the window and the centre of the terrace. To give unity to the design I’ve added Teucrium on either side of the path, these will be pruned into low doughnut shapes as they grow.
The long views I have been showing at the beginning of each month show the change in shape of the path. They also demonstrate that the actual shape of the path was better before but the important thing is how it feels and looks on the ground (so to speak). A good demonstration that plan view isn’t everything and a view from a window or particular point in the garden can be more important.
From above maybe the Large Island needs to enlarged so it isn’t such a straight edge, although it will be softened by plannting.
Maybe an arch over the path where the fennel is growing? What do you think?
The new Arbutus will go to the right of the Cypress, adding further height and framing the ‘good’ view.
As all the plants are so small I thought I’d show you what they will hopefully look like in the coming years.
I have only planted one Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ as it is not reliably frost hardy; there other plants (grown from cuttings) in the greenhouse which can be planted out in spring.
As I was planting I added tulips, alliums and Muscari so that while the plants are small there will be an extended period of interest.
I am now looking forward to it all growing and hoping that it will look as I imagine.
Do you have any planting projects at the moment? What motivates you to change an area of your garden?