See us on Gardener’s World

Our garden and Natural Pool in winter on BBC Gardener’s World, episode 31, with Adam Frost, Friday 27th October.

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Ellicar Gardens, Gringley on the Hill

Friday 1 December 2017

10am - 12.30pm

Where is Spring?

What a gardening disaster this spring is turning out to be! Had so many plans for the garden this weekend but woke up to 2” of snow this morning so all that went out the window!

However, I have indulged in some productive armchair gardening that is nearly as good as, and sometimes even better than, the real thing. With armchair gardening, plants never die and borders are stunning.

This morning I sat and planned the new 20m long beach border adjacent to the pool – quite a tricky border acting as a buffer between the garden and a late season wildflower meadow (yet to be sown and another potential gardening disaster!).

I have chosen airy grasses in swathes like deschampsias and molineas, with some miscanthus in between (miscanthus are great here for creating a localised wind shield for other plants to cosy up to). I will weave through the grasses some native meadow wildflowers like filipendula, burnett, scabious, oxe eye daisies and weld, together with some naturalistic looking reliable perennials like echinacea pallida, veronicastrum, eupatorium.  For structure we planted an Acer rubrum and Euoymus europaeus- both have fantastic Autumn leaf colour too.

I’m hoping to create an ornamental version of the wildflower meadow beyond, that will look lovely near the water’s edge and fit in well with the wild garden beyond. I can’t wait to get started on this border- I only hope it looks half as good in reality as it does from my armchair!!