Before & After: A Front Garden Goes From Boring to Blooming

Before & After: A Front Garden Goes From Boring to Blooming

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Rebecca Bond
Aug 20, 2015
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This sad-looking border in front of my house is the first proper gardening project I ever tackled. My previous experience of growing things was limited to a couple of window boxes and some short-lived herbs in pots, so when I put a few plants in the ground last spring, I wasn’t sure how they would turn out...

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One year on, I have a blooming border of three different types of lavender, alliums, agapanthus (African lilies), nemesia, and daisies. It’s a sunny spot and the soil is not great, but every last plant has survived! At the garden center, I looked for the magic words ‘hardy’ and ‘perennial’ on the labels. I wanted tough plants that could crack on with the job of growing without too much input from me.

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Here's how things looked last spring right after I put the plants in the ground. I can’t believe how teeny they were!

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The lavender now attracts lots of bees, the cat is super-happy with her shady hideout, and I have a beautiful flowerbed that looks lovely from inside and out.

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