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March… Retail therapy

I have been longing for some green in our garden. It looks so bare at the moment and we don’t really have any evergreen shrubs. We therefore hit the garden centre, armed with a list of plants recommended by Geoff Hamilton (in his excellent book ‘Paradise Gardens’).

Our garden is going to be considerably smaller after the extension to the rear of the house. Geoff recommends ‘blurring the boundaries’ by planting shrubs along the perimeter so that when you glance at the garden you can’t immediately see where the boundary line is. It’s a way to trick the eye into thinking the garden is larger.

Boring corner of the garden

We bought some Laurel to go behind the bench and a mix of shrubs to the sides of it… here are our purchases. They were all chosen because of their great smell, or pretty flowers.

- Two varieties of the fab smelling sweet box – it has a brilliant rich pollen scent which is so appreciated in February. It will grow about waist height and survive in the partial shade at the back of our garden. The bees have been flocking to it.

Sweet box


- I can’t wait for this Clematis to start growing. We want to grow it up the north facing side of the chicken run. It’s a vigorous climber and should cover the side of the run in beautiful white flowers.


- Against the south facing wall we will grow James’ favourite spurge (euphorbia melifera) because of its wonderful rich honey smell in the summer. It will grow big – about 2x2m and in colder regions needs protecting from the cold in the winter.

Honey smelling euphorbia

- We bought a Mexican orange blossom for a sunny spot – an evergreen shrub with lovely star shaped white flowers which last for months.

Mexican orange blossom

- Finally a Californian lilac (can you tell I want to go on holiday!) for its lovely blue pom pom flowers

California lilac

Hope you had a great weekend, Jane

8 Responses to March… Retail therapy

  1. Sarah says:

    Love it! can’t wait to see what they look like when they’re blurring those boundaries!

  2. Elaine says:

    Ooh! I love Californian lilac – an excellent choice. The back of your garden is going to look fab x

    • admin says:

      Thanks Elaine, I hope so! Jane

  3. Sally says:

    I love your bench – where did you get it?

    • admin says:

      We got it from Scotsdales garden centre in Great Shelford as a present from my mum. I love it too and it’s so comfortable, Jane

  4. Greenfingers says:

    Great selection of large shrubs – let us know how its getting on, GF

    • admin says:

      Will do x

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