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Lily Rose, My Garden (CO33)

Styles: Wildlife, Water, Spiritual, Jungle, Exotic, Courtyards and small terraces

Soil types: Loamy

Soil drainage: Boggy damp conditions, Moist but well-drained, Pond/In water, Well-drained

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

My courtyard garden is in the centre of a large town and faces west. When I moved here in 2009 the garden was paved and had raised beds, but didn't contain a single plant. My aim was to create a lush garden room that would be a peaceful haven for me to relax in. A narrow passageway at the side of the house leads to a square area, 15' x 15', with a mixture of exotic/tropical, mediterranean and traditional plants. The passageway contains mostly woodland and shade loving plants. Many plants are in pots, so I'm able to change the garden by moving things around. The garden is fairly well-protected and, as it has become more established, has created its own micro-climate. Bananas and cannas have survived well but I also look for plants that are hardy but exotic looking.

Lily Rose's garden plan


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Lily Rose

Lily Rose

About me
I'm a sculptor living in Essex, and love the peace and tranquility of my garden.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
I've created a little haven of tranquillity from a bare concrete space.

Biggest gardening frustrations

The gardening project I am currently working on
This year's project was to create a small wildlife pond and bog garden by removing a few paving stones. After letting the water settle for 3 weeks, I have just planted it up and added a few little goldfish. Two enormous frogs have also moved in.


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