New Additions to the Garden

When we moved in to this house in 1999 it was brand new and the builders had planted up a small flower bed in the front garden. The bed consisted of a tall, slim conifer and a prostrate conifer of some sort.

The first plants to be planted in the bed by me were Dahlias which did really well for a number of years without me having to dig them up each year but after a few years they began to fail. All the Dahlias died off years ago and the bed became more of a “mixed border” and eventually became overgrown and untidy.

So, this year I decided it had to go. I called in Damien Crook of DCO Gardens, St Helens who removed all of the old plants, including the conifers, made the bed bigger, dug in some new compost and added a thick layer of mulch; leaving it ready for me to plant-up.

Here are the before and after photographs:

Before After


My idea for the new bed is simplicity so I am going to plant just three small growing Acers; if they look to be getting too large for the area I will prune them to keep them in check.

I chose to plant the following varieties of Acer, all from Acer palmatum Orange Dream, Acer palmatum var. dissectum and Acer shirasawanum Jordan (PBR).

Acer palmatum Orange Dream

Acer palmatum var. dissectum

Acer shirasawanum Jordan

Although I want to keep the bed simple I do love spring flowering bulbs so I have under planted the Acers with small daffodils and tulips, snowdrops, winter acconites, muscari and other small spring flowering bulbs.

To complete the bed I have also planted some woodland plants and hope that the shade from the Acer will make them feel at home (again from, they are Hepatica ‘Forest Blue’, Hepatica ‘Forest Red’, Primula vulgaris (our native primrose) and Convallaria majalis (lily-of-the-valley). I am hoping they will spread overtime so I can divide them to get more of these lovely plants :

Hepatica 'Forest Blue
Hepatica ‘Forest Blue

Hepatica 'Forest Red'
Hepatica ‘Forest Red’

Primula vulgaris
Primula vulgaris

Convallaria majalis (lily-of-the-valley)
Convallaria majalis (lily-of-the-valley)