Spring in England is a pretty magical experience. After 6 months of cold weather, dark days and a barren landscape, seeing the light change and flowers spring forth feels like a new beginning. In the barren time before spring, I’ve been working hard to tame the overgrown and menacing front garden. Like most parts of the house, the garden had long been left to its own devices and was in a severe state of neglect with weeds choking anything that was once pretty. It’s taken about two months of relentless work over weekends to clear the weeds, take out trees, remove paving slabs and plant new plants. Despite the gruelling work, it’s been one of the most enlightening and uplifting experiences and I’m thrilled by the results.
The pictures above were taken just after we’d put an offer in for the house. All of the shrubs hadn’t been pruned in a long time, there were more weeds than flowers and medusa-like plants choking the life out of anything that was dainty or delicate. The garden just felt… sad.
We decided to remove the paving slabs and replace them with gravel, to create a courtyard effect at the front of the house. I knew that I wanted the front of the house to be vibrant and full of colour. Inside the house, we have quite a neutral colour palette with shades of grey, which I love, but I wanted the garden to be colourful and eclectic. I planted flowers and shrubs in the front that would bloom in shades of yellow, pink and blue; a perfect hodgepodge of vibrant hues. I also wanted to have lots of bright painted pots with a mix of bedding plants, herbs and flowers to give the front a courtyard feel. Matt’s mum helped me to shape my vision, teaching me the best places for each plant to grow and even indulging my obsession with painting pots in every shade of pastel.
The result is even better than I could have hoped for, with so much more still to bloom.
Finally, the finishing touch will be a wooden bench to sit underneath the window. The garden is a sun trap in the morning, making it the ideal place for that first cup of tea and to watch the world go by.