you are going to be laid up the garden path
then make sure it is planted to either side
with interesting shrubs.
entrance drive is the first impression visitors
have of your property. Whether driving or walking
it may not say much about your house but it
will provide an insight into your gardening
may opt for the leafy avenue with the overhanging
branches of trees forming a tunnel or the double
line of well spaced matching trees set back
in the lawn, one row on either side of the sweeping
drives are simpler and less expensive to landscape.
Open lawn in view on either side is perfectly
acceptable providing it is tidy and the grass
is kept short. Naturalizing daffodils to form
a border to the grass can be a mistake. They
look fantastic in flower but the lawn becomes
an unkempt meadow of long grass while you are
waiting for their foliage to die down. If the
leaves are removed by the lawn mower before
they become yellow then the bulbs will be under
nourished and may not flower the following year.
one or both sides of the drive with plants increases
the workload of weeding but a well designed
planting scheme will offer interest and colour
all year. Mixing shrubs, perennials and bulbs
in a narrow bed that follows the line of the
drive kerb will provide ever changing flower,
leaf and berry.
selection of flowering heathers including those
with good leaf colour will make a fine carpet
of colour. Adding an occasional well spaced
hebe, evergreen azalea or dwarf conifer as dot
plants will provide height.
is important and the plants should be set back
from the edge to prevent them overhanging
the drive causing damage to the paintwork of
passing vehicles. Close planting of shrubs will
cause them to become one sided and unsightly.
It is preferable to plant at the correct spacing
filling the gaps in the short term with annuals
or herbaceous perennials.
roses in flower are a rewarding sight but for
over half of the year they look dead.
hedges of box or the less formal hedge of lavender
can be used to good effect. If low hedges are
kept clipped they give the impression of a ship-shape
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