Of course, on the patio, we gave a real pop of colour using geranium ‘Calliope’, a marvellous plant that keeps flowering from the moment it starts in spring right the way through, almost to November and the first frost.
I planted these in containers, just over by the outdoor dining area which was a welcome addition.
Other planting in the garden comprised of meadow plants, which arrived in large turf rolls of delicate wildflowers, which when established look superb and are great for our pollinators because there’s a large variety of nectar sources concentrated in one spot.
You can buy these in strips, like you would buy rolls of turf, but are in fact wildflowers and when they establish look superb and are great for the butterflies, birds and bees.
We also included Primulas around the base of Alan’s water feature.
Water is a brilliant addition to the garden, giving momentum and sound. We finished it off around the outside with pebbles which worked really well.