When we first bought our house in 2014, the garden was a complete mess and really unsafe for children. Then two years ago in spring 2015, we ripped out the whole lot and landscaped it, making it the perfect garden for children. I wanted to create our own little wildlife sanctuary, that was interesting every season of the year and gave the boys a chance to learn about nature. I wanted to share with all how I’ve made the garden colourful all year starting with this post about how we created a spring-time garden
There is a common misconception that shady areas of the garden are a bit dull, but that really doesn’t have to be the case. We have a heavily shaded area in our garden that even in the peak of summer only gets about two hours of sunshine. At the front of the main border I planted some different variations of ferns, then behind them planted some Dicentra Spectabilis, Himalayan poppies (Meconopsis) and a Hydrangea. From February there is a lot of foliage, then between March and September splashes of colour. On the lower border I’ve planted a number of bluebell bulbs, so come April / May there are large flashes of blue on the lower level, which looks amazing in front of the pink and red Dicentra.
As our garden is still very much in the early stages of developing, I decided to plant two very fast growing Clematis Montana plants. These are really easy plants to grow, can be planted in full sun or part shade and are really stunning in the spring. We only actually planted these late last spring, but already they are an impressive part of the garden. I’m training them into an arch on the fence, so eventually they will blend together to create an impressive arch of pink and white flowers behind the magnolia shrub planted in between them.
At the back of our garden we have a mini rose garden. I find rose gardens can look a bit bare because people can be a bit reluctant to plant them among other things. Personally I like full, colourful borders so about ¾ of a metre behind the rose bushes I’ve planted some Delphinium Pacific Giants and some Sweet Pea. This adds a really nice structure and a bit of height to an otherwise sparse border. I’m hoping to plant some wild pansies in front of the roses to add a bit of depth to the without overpopulating the roses.
To the right of the roses is the pergola, which houses a seating area. This is one of my favourite places in the summer and on warmer nights we light some candles, turn on the fairy lights, set up a fire in our fire bowl and then settle down with a blanket. I decided to grow Wisteria up the pergola because I just love how beautiful it is in the Spring and envisioned the big, lilac flowers hanging from the beams on the top of the pergola. Like the Clematis, I only planted this late last spring, but it has really taken off. Hopefully it will continue to grow well and start flowering next spring.
To be honest our garden isn’t the biggest, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have trees planted in it. At the back of our fruit and vegetable patch, I’ve planted an apple tree. The blossoms are so beautiful in the spring and bring a lot of bees into the garden. I’m hoping to plant a Prunus (ornamental cherry tree) at the back of the garden next year, so we can even more spring-time blossom to the garden.
The boys love being outside, so I’ve tried my hardest to make their sensory garden as colourful as possible all year round. The Bamboo and New Zealand Flax are great for all year round colour, but for the spring I planted some crocus bulbs, late flowering daffodils and Mukdenia rossii Karasuba in a smaller pot next to them. These work really well because they are perfectly timed in terms of their growth. The crocus start to appear in February but die back in early March as the Daffodils start to shoot up, the Mukdenia rossii Karasuba then starts to grow as the daffodils die back in early – mid April. It works incredibly well and makes the sensory garden very interesting in the spring.
Do you like a spring-time garden? What tips can you give to create a beautiful garden in the Spring? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can also follow me on Pinterest.
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