When I have a moment, when I’m on a bus or in the car or trying to get to sleep at night I’ll dream about my ultimate garden. I hope this doesn’t sound annoying to those of you who don’t have a garden. For 8 years we moved around living in rented houses. We’d clocked up 7 moves in those 8 years when we finally settled in one place. So now that I do have my own space I know I’m very lucky. Its just this gardening thing … well its addictive. The more I read the more I want to grow. The more gardens I visit, the more ideas I get that won’t fit into my small back garden. So when I have a moment to spare I conjure up images of my dream garden.
My dream garden would have a walled section to it. After a year on my windswept allotment I’ve discovered how important shelter is for plants. I’ve always been drawn to walled gardens. I love the seclusion, like you’re cut off from the world outside and the beneficial microclimate that is created would be a dream. To be able to grow fruit trees trained against the walls. I could grow my favourite fruit – the cherry. There would be a lovely wooden greenhouse with a brick base. The walled garden would be full of vegetables, fruit and flowers for cutting. There would be a wooden bench in a slightly shady part of the walled garden so I could sit and have a cup of tea.
Outside the walled garden I would like to be able to have a few trees, Birch, Prunus serrula for it’s beautiful bark, Liquidambar for its amazing autumn colour, a crab apple and a small hazel coppice that would be underplanted with spring flowers. I could use the hazel in the garden.
I’d like a potting shed that was big enough to have a comfy seat in it. I’d like to see if I could get some electricity in the shed from solar power, so I could have the radio on and have a cup of tea in an eco-friendly way.
I love the style of design and planting that Piet Oudolf uses. Broad drifts of plants such as grasses, Sedums and Rudbeckias which create a stunning effect. I have created a bit of an homage to Piet in my own garden but on a tiny scale, so to have the space to do something bigger would be a dream.
Encouraging wildlife into the garden would be important so I’d like there to be space for a pond, with a seat nearby so I could sit and watch the damselflies and dragonflies that would hopefully take up residence. My dream garden would also include an area for wildflowers.
I would love to hear about your dream garden. Would you have lots of topiary, is there a particular plant you would like the space to collect, maybe you love a particular garden designer and would like a garden inspired or even designed by them? Why not write a post and then link through to it from here? Happy daydreaming.