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Green and Pleasant Land

Green and Pleasant Land

Many of the trials and tribulations I have experienced running Quality Garden Tools have been mirrored by disasters and triumphs in my own garden.

The garden measures about half an acre in one long, slightly sloping strip. The soil is acid and not overly sandy, but has lots and lots of stones in it. We bought the house about 5 years ago with no garden to speak of just grass and a few good trees. Since moving in I have cut in new borders and planted dozens of trees and shrubs in an attempt to give the garden some structure.

The planting style of the new borders varies between traditional herbaceous borders and some shady forest planting. This allows me to invest in a wide variety of different plants and shrubs with borders ranging from deep shade to full sun. I constantly make mistakes, with some plants described as shade lovers giving up the ghost in my dry, deep shade and others thriving in dappled shade that are advertised as lovers of full sun!

I will discuss my favourite plants in the future, but take this opportunity to sing the praises of the Hosta. I have planted many different hostas around the garden with varieties suited to full sun, semi-shade and shade. Their foliage is a joy and is great for under-planting anything from ferns to foxgloves. Their flower spikes come suddenly and offer a wonderful contrast to the flat leaves.

As Quality Garden Tools has grown, so my garden has grown – both are unruly and sometimes difficult to manage, but give me huge amounts of pleasure.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 By Dominic Elsom News

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