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Sue Vaughan, My Garden (SO31)

Styles: Allotment or vegetable plot, Child friendly, Courtyards and small terraces, English cottage, Rural, Wildflower, Wildlife

Soil types: Loamy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Indoor unheated (H2), Tender in frost (H3)

Long rear garden almost 1/2 acre. Mainly laid lawn with laurel hedge to one side and wide, curving herbaceous borders - mixed planting of roses, shrubs, perennials. Planting incl hedge of rosa rugosa, lacecap hydrangeas, viburnum opulus, philadelphus, roses (mostly old scented varieties inc Gertrude Jekyll, Jacques Cartier), sisyrinchium striatum, phlox panniculata, pittosporum, geraniums, cornflowers, hostas, thalictrum, acguilegia, peony, alchemilla mollis, astrantia. Bramley apple in lawn, mature weeping willow on edge of lawn with shaded woodland border under (azaleas, rhododendron, sarcococca confusa, tree peony, small acers, pieris brunnera, hellebores). Greenhouse + 3 raised veg borders. Additional woodland with mature oaks, beech, birch, pieris and rhododendron; primroses, daffodils and bluebells. House wall has trachelospermum jasminoides, hydrangea petiolaris, climbing rose.

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Sue Vaughan

Sue Vaughan

About me
Enthusiastic plant lover and keen amateur with large garden. My gardening style is trial by error, my preference for cottage garden and mixed planting.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Creating a lovely mixed border from an overgrown area crammed with tired shrubs. Old roses on obelisks now mix with structural shrubs and perennials - aquilegias, geraniums, cornflowers, geums, poppies, alchemilla mollis and many more with ferns and hostas in a cooler, moister part of the border.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Thug plants that take over, burying little beauties underneath! Alchemilla is the worst offender by far but so lovely.

The gardening project I am currently working on
Currently renovating an overgrown south-facing border on the front wall of the house which has a beautiful sweet smelling trachelospermum jasminoides on the hoiuse wall and a wisteria sinensis and rosa New Dawn already in place on a pergola adjoining the border. Difficult to know how to underplant those. Also teaching my 4 young grandsons (5,4,3 and 2) to love gardening!

 

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