I’m also going to move the hardy cyclamen on a ledge below and replace these with more small plants to keep the theme going.
A few more purchases are needed to fill the gaps and we also need to choose a mulch of some sort of pebbles to finish off.
Once the soil level had been ‘topped up’ the plants were arranged and planted. Plants likely to sprawl have been planted along the back of the wall. I hope that eventually they will grow across the coping stones to break up the edge a little.
29 May 2012 A mulch of Golden Flint pebbles has now been spread around the plants.
October 2012 Some miniature narcissus - Minnow - have been planted in between the plants.
The Living Lid
We have replaced and relocated the pond filter. This is now housed in a brick ‘box’ which adjoins the pebble garden. In order to disguise the filter but allow access for cleaning we have created a living lid. This idea developed from living roofs that I had seen on various gardening programmes and featured in gardening magazines.
We have seated three strong plastic trays into a wooden framework which rests on top of the brick ‘box’ that surrounds the filter.
Each tray has been planted up with sempervivums and sedum which will hopefully spread to almost cover the tray.
A mulch of the same type of gravel as we have used for the pebble garden has been applied.
May 2013 Whilst some plant are now growing really well other seem not to have survived the winter. There is only a clump of Minnow narcissus showing signs of life on the top layer
June 2013 More plants have been added to fill some of the gaps in the planting and I have also planted up some lewisias and a delosperma in terracotta containers on the edge of the pebble garden.
May 2014 The lower shelf of the pebble garden has been planted up with Achillea Tormentosa, Erodium Bishops Form, Geranium Vision Violet, Mimulus Highland Red, Pulsatilla Vulgans White and Saponaria Ocymoides