The most recently created garden, the Fountain area was laid out in early 2015 following on from the completion of our Annex, which was itself completed at the end of 2014 and replaced a 3 bay oak framed garage that was here when we purchased the house. We had previously used the area for car parking but, as part of the Annex development, an additional car standing area was created outside the new garage block. So, with a vacant piece of land, what else could we do but create a new garden? Inspired by seeing a fountain we liked at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the idea took shape of an area of box shapes mixed, in Summer, with Lavender Hidcote Blue and, in Spring, tulips.
The adjacent border adjoining the west face of the house already featured 8 large box balls and 2 yew shapes coupled with Roses, Nepeta Six Hills Giant, Astrantia Roma and Salvias in Summer and tulips/grape hyacinths in March/April/May. More recently, we have added 2 Pittosporum to the house border, in place of some poorly performing roses, and are keeping our fingers crossed that the proximity to the house, and shelter from easterly winds, will afford greater protection from sub-zero temperatures than the last time we attempted to grow this plant in 2009/10 when we had particularly severe winters. Of course, no sooner had the plants gone in at the end of February 2018, then heavy snow and sub zero temperatures arrived straight from Siberia. I am hoping there will not be a sorry post-script for our Pittosporums!
The Pergola and Knot Garden borders on the south and east sides are similarly planted with tulips in Spring and but with Geranium Rozanne and Hostas in Summer.