The most challenging of gardens we work on is one with no budget for new plants at all. Initially we felt stifled by this constraint. How were we going to make a difference? Eight years later and still no money for new plants, this has defined our gardening style.
Fortunately the garden had many different areas to begin with. The formal, although once overgrown, herbaceous border, the mixed shrub and perennial border, the rose gardens, the wild gardens and the woods.
We had to be imaginative, planting wild flowers in the gaps of the formal areas and ‘naturalising’ divisions of perennial plants in the wild garden because we just couldn’t throw them away. Consequently the garden now has a wild and slightly unruly charm about it that is very satisfying to work in and our propagation skills have come on a treat.