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Flowers and fruit in a Leicestershire village garden

With a future sale of this Leicestershire village house in mind, I was asked to improve the garden, working to a budget and with reasonable maintenance requirements in mind.

The site is steeply sloping, and had been terraced when the house was built. The lower terrace was dominated by a Leylandii hedge, grown fat with age. When this hedge was removed, the two terraces immediately came into balance, and the addition of quality trees and espalier fruit trees on the terrace wall make this an attractive and valued part of the garden. The Leylandii hedge was replaced with one of bare-root yew, which is quickly knitting together and gaining height as a new backdrop to the garden.

The borders were replanted with a selection of plants that can cope with the rather dry site, mixing foliage and flower in a long-lasting tapestry that does not impose heavy maintenance requirements on a busy family.

Dry planting to replace a lawn

Part of a makeover of a village garden, this planting for poor dry soil replaced scrappy turf between two driveways

Plants for a dry border in full sun

Plants for a dry border in full sun

Sedum 'Matrona' in a dry border

Sedum 'Matrona' in a dry border

Espalier fruit trees

Apple and pear trees were introduced to be trained as espaliers on the terrace wall

Shady site

Suitable planting was introduced for the shady front of the house

Varied planting to replace turf

A small area of turf was replanted with a low planting of small greys with accent plants

Gladiolus papilio

Bulbs are used throughout, from species tulip to Gladiolus papilio, here

Late summer planting

Attention was paid to foliage types, colours and shapes

Sedum and Caryopteris

The season extends into late summer, here with sedum and caryopteris

Terrace borders

The terrace borders have grown well in a short time in the rich soil

Part of a makeover of a village garden, this planting for poor dry soil replaced scrappy turf between two drivewaysPlants for a dry border in full sunSedum 'Matrona' in a dry borderApple and pear trees were introduced to be trained as espaliers on the terrace wallSuitable planting was introduced for the shady front of the houseA small area of turf was replanted with a low planting of small greys with accent plantsBulbs are used throughout, from species tulip to Gladiolus papilio, hereAttention was paid to foliage types, colours and shapesThe season extends into late summer, here with sedum and caryopterisThe terrace borders have grown well in a short time in the rich soil

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