Flower Bed Design ~ For The Bottom Garden

The time has finally come to sort out the bottom garden.

It is in desperate need of a flower-bed-make-over!

Under strict guidance I have been told not to bother trying to make the current situation work, but instead, start from scratch to create something that will be just right.

(While still saving my favourite plants of course).

I have had a go at mapping out the main components of the bed, which is probably about 3.5m x 1.5m.  I have got this far in the deciding process…

* A medium-sized tree (yet to be chosen), which will hopefully provide a focal point at the end of the garden.

* A hellebore bed ~ the plants will be dotted around the base of the aforementioned tree. (Gosh, I love that word, ‘aforementioned’ ~ it’s like being in Pride and Prejudice or something).

* A beautifully striking yellow-twigged Cornus.

* My favourite Hydrangea, which has the coolest of green/white flowers.

However, exciting as this all is, I still have some gaps.

I need something low and interesting at the front and something tall with movement at the back.

Any ideas ~ my creative juices have run out!?

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  1. What, oh what is the secret of growing hellebores successfully – such beautiful ones are available in my part of Australia. I buy, lovingly plant them under one or another of my trees, keep the moisture just right to my way of thinking and them just die away after a few weeks . . .hmm?

    1. Oh that must be so frustrating!! Unfortunately, they just seem to like the climate of our garden and do well. I don’t give them too much attention and I even managed to cut all the leaves off of one with some over-enthusiastic strimming and it still grew back. One piece of advice that I have been given is to remove some of the larger leaves in late autumn, as this allows the plant to produce more flowers the following season. X

  2. I think that Hellebores are very sensitive to temperature. They like cool dappled shade best (or part of the day in sun and part in shade) with rich well drained soil …..they dont like to be dried out or to have their feet in water! Feed in spring. Hope this helps Eha in Australia.

      1. Thanks to both of you for your answers: much, much appreciated! Actually I’m quite devoid of those beautiful plants at the moment, but shall try again 🙂 ! Dappled shade is right – we go from -2 degrees C in the middle of winter > 42 degrees C midsummer – both not common, but! Shall attempt again next season 🙂 !

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