A work in progress, the North Garden is to become a ‘clematis walk’. A pathway cuts through 5 circles in series, continuing the circular theme from the West Garden. The design is highlighted with box edging. A light-weight rustic pergola was erected over part of the path during spring 2011 to provide a frame for climbers.
Interest throughout the seasons will be provided on the pergola by Alpine Clematis, Clematis Montana, various early and late summer flowering clematis, lonicera and roses. At ground level a display of spring flowering bulbs will give-way to Alliums, Aquilegias and then Astilbe as well various Geraniums throughout the summer months.
All of this is in fact a second attempt at creating a garden in what are very difficult growing conditions on the North side of the house!
The north side of the house, essentially a path between the west and east gardens was largely ‘grassed’ but over run with weeds. A rabbit hutch had once stood for some years against the wall of the house but had been removed and the ground was bear but well fertilised. There were some elderly raspberry canes and a few elderly strawberry plants. Everything was struggling to survive here – even the weeds! The mind boggled; what could possibly grow here?
Twin herbaceous borders were planted here between 2005 and 2008 and very little thought was given to the design initially. The plants in many cases were in temporary residence, waiting for a new home in either the West or East gardens.
Whilst the meandering grass path and crowded cottage planting was beautiful during dry sunny spells, it was for much of the year a wet, dark, muddy path with very little interest in either shape or colour. The grass always struggled due the inevitable traffic it got along with the poor growing conditions.
The initial idea was to replace the grass path with either brick or gravel and to build a pergola to overlook it – smothered in clematis. September 2009 provided an opportunity to buy some reduced-price Box plants in the autumn sale which in turn motivated the start of a new design process.
The YouTube slide show below shows how The North Garden was made;