Do you find you keep running out of planting space?...... My own garden seems to be ever evolving. As more planting ideas (and plants) find their way in I have to find the space for them, and first to be kicked into touch is another bit of my lawn.
When we moved in, the garden was dominated by 6 mature Sycamore trees, a square lawn with a path around it's perimeter and one very stately and ancient pear tree (which still produces faithfully the most delicious Conference pears).
I have since had the Sycamore trees removed and replaced with more beautiful and appropriate trees, the lawn reduced by at least half (and still getting smaller..) and managed to squeeze in a little pond which this year is host to a large population of tadpoles.
As I find inspiration in the gardens we work in, or by visiting shows and gardens, or watching Monty and co. on the telly, I find I 'need' to see that plant, or combination of plants in my own garden ... kind of like an ever evolving experiment.. this helps me when I am advising clients as to their planting plans.
So as a result my planting areas keeps getting larger, and my lawn keeps getting smaller. I have planted a copper beech hedge which I will keep to about 1.5m high to create a separate 'room' which will be the perennial area. During the summer a small bench will sit in front of the hedge to best view the Chris Beardshaw inspired display of ebullient colours.. lots of Lupins will definitely feature.
At some stage of course I will have to say enough is enough... just so pleased that trampoline was retired... I have a tub full of beautiful irises which need a spot....
This relaxed and informal scene is actually a show garden at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is the A Perfumer's Garden in Grasse designed by James Basson and sponsored by L'Occitane en Provence. As my friend Lu said, although every fallen leaf was probably placed with intricate attention to detail, I was very heartened to see it is not dissimilar to the 'oh must get to that bit tomorrow' feel of my own garden... no sharp edges, some plants a bit floppy, but still very cosy, wildlife friendly and inviting... but it takes a true designer to achieve that aura.