As I wrote back in August
, my ideas about gardening and garden design have changed quite a lot over the last few years. When I first moved to this climate, I wanted to grow all the things I wasn't able to grow back in Europe. I loved all flowers all the time. The bigger, the better! No grasses or succulents for me. I thought they were boring.
But I've come to realize that a grass or succulent that is happy, is much prettier than a half-dead flowering plant. My taste has also developed over the years. And of course being ill, means I'm not able to spend as much time and physical effort on gardening as I used to.
While I've been ill, I've been watching British gardening programs. It started with The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge
. It's about six garden designers who compete about getting to design a garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
. The show was great! Very inspiring. As a result I've been rethinking my design choices for my own garden, specifically for the large border.
Here's an overview. There are three arches. The first one contains Rosa 'Pink Perfume', the other two hold Salvia canariensis. It looks pretty messy in the photo and also in person. I'd like something a lot more designed.( photos and plans )