This peaceful, shady, Lincolnshire garden has an ever-increasing range of unusual plantings and a surprise around every corner
One question gardeners often get asked is: "What can I plant in a shady garden?" The usual answer is a list of plants, but perhaps it should be "Go and visit Woodlands!"
This tranquil shady garden is full interest, lots of unusual plants and has a surprise around every corner. "We're constantly told by visitors that the garden is peaceful," Bob says. "Situated at the far end of a lane with little traffic and a backdrop of trees, the overriding noise is that of birdsong."
When this plantaholic couple ,over to the house in 2000, there was no original plan on how to develop the garden there still isn't!
"It evolves every year, as we try to grow an ever-increasing range of plants," says Bob. "Our philosophy is, if we come across something we don't know and it looks interesting, then we try to grow it."
When they arrived the garden compromised of large trees and elderly shrubs, a lot of grass with tiny island beds that would have taken hours to edge around, concrete and a veg garden. How things have changed.
"To some extent we were helped by nature. When several trees blew down in a gale, we realized we could create a woodland garden and started planting many unusual shade loving plants. That was our light bulb moment!" explained Bob.
They also joined up all the island beds and added lots of perennials and shrubs, as well as planting several more interesting trees.
The concrete was broken up enough to make a pond and the couple found large pieces of flint which they used to create a flint scree garden by the house. This is now full of diorama (angels's fishing rod.) Originally, that bed house alpines plants. The veg garden was converted into a plant nursery, as well as housing their Plant Heritage National Collection of codonopis.
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