Planting up – on Worcestershire clay!

This may look like a simple planting up job, but the soil was heavy clay, and the plants needed to survive the attentions of both rabbits and Muntjac deer! The site was in full sun, and there were some very dry areas, especially underneath the trees where tree roots posed a real challenge.

Nevertheless, the immense variety of plants ensured that I was able to find a wide range of shrubs and perennials that would not only survive but thrive in these conditions. Despite the lockdown, my local nurseries managed to find them for me, and once partnered with All Seasons Garden Maintenance [], we were all set to go.

We managed to get this garden planted up in just two days, and a visit a month later showed that the plants were thriving (although a few had been nibbled!). I can’t wait to see how this garden develops over the next few years – as with all growing things, it will take time to become established, but this will be a garden that the clients can enjoy for many years to come.

I hope you enjoy the pictures – let me know in the comments.



Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ – a feature tree that will become a stunning focal point in the garden.

Beneath the tree – Shrubby Honeysuckle and Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’ for ground cover

Amelanchier ‘Obelisk’ either side of the steps, with Alchemilla mollis, and Brachyglottis underneath