The wall across the lawn

We moved to Glebe House in September 1994. When people come around our garden they often ask us what the garden was like when we moved in. Actually some of the garden features were there then but over time they have all evolved and in some areas a small paddock has been incorporated into the garden.17_05_25_5840 The other day I noticed that the wall across the lawn was looking particularly good.This wall divides the main lawn and follows the contours of the ground resulting in the lawn being at two levels and although it does not align with other garden features it takes the eye into the garden towards the views beyond.img120This photo was actually taken in June 1995. As you can see the wall was in place then but was not really made a feature of the garden.17_05_24_5833We always felt the wall needed a good “full stop” at the end. As you can see above we have created a small round bed at the end with a Rosa Bonica providing the “stop”. You can also see that the wall is actually higher than the original wall. In the old photo the lawn edge actually sloped down to the top of the wall.img119Another photo from June 1995. The steps up had been built and these have not been changed apart from the flower beds around them and the lawn in the foreground is now paved with sandstone  The very large tree, back right, is an old walnut. We were very disappointed when it died and had to be removed about ten years ago.17_05_25_5839The steps today with the sand stone paving.17_05_24_5831As well as raising the height of the wall we have created a flower bed along the top of the wall. This is about one metre wide and at this time of year it really comes into its own.

In any dry stone wall then Aubrieta is an essential plant.

The rock rose, Helianthemum ‘The Bride’ has been looking great although just one day after these photos were taken there were no flowers on it. That was probably due to the heat which has unusually been at 28c for the last few days!

This is probably my favourite geranium, Geranium cenereum subcaulescens. It is a very dark cerise colour which really shines out from the green leaves. It is planted singularly along the wall but also on mass under Rosa Bonica at the end of the wall.17_05_24_5824Another geranium at the end of the wall is Geramium sanguineum ‘Shepherd’s Warning’. This was planted about eight years ago and although it looks quite healthy has not spread unlike some  of the other sanguineums that can be very invasive.

This plant was taken from a cutting in a friend’s garden. It is definitely a “noname” plant at the moment.17_05_24_5818Viola cornuta ‘Alba’ must have arrived from else where in the garden but it is working well here.17_05_24_5832Rosmarinus officinalis forms a small bushy shrub and provides Rosemary for cooking.


Geramium sanguineum striatum


Geramium sanguineum striatum

17_05_24_5812Geramium sanguineum striatum is a lovely geramium and here it is on either side of the steps.17_05_24_5817Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’ another small geranium.17_05_24_5819Another rock rose, Helianthemum ‘Ben Fhada’17_05_25_5838Along the wall from the steps.17_05_24_5831Looking the other way along the wall. Over the next few days we will be planting Mesembryanthemum ‘Magic Carpet’ which have been started in the greenhouse and will provided interest throughout the summer.

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24 thoughts on “The wall across the lawn

  1. Hi Steve,
    you did such a great job! Your garden truly looks amazing! Lovely choices of plants! Must be so much work, but I guess it´s worth it as the result is so beautiful!
    Best wishes,

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  2. You have turned the stone wall into a beautiful feature of your garden by planting along it and providing that extra little curve and full stop at the end. It looks like plants have sown themselves into the cracks and crevices as well, which is a lovely look.

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  3. I love your garden and your blog but the thing that I love the most is the fact that you do the garden yourselves! It gives me hope that one day…..if I keep at it…..I could have a beautiful garden too!

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  4. I think that sometimes the person living in a garden makes the best design decisions, just because you look at it all ways, often over a while, before making those changes. It looks wonderful in any case. What a great range of geraniums you have! I have a daisy much like your no-name. MIne is Anthemis – I have a pale yellow and a white with what looks like the same small leaves and low growing habit.

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  5. You’ve made excellent use of the wall which I think many people might have found difficult to integrate. I always imagined that rock roses liked the heat until I tried them here and they died almost immediately!

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    • Thank you Christina. I think they do not like wet but not sure about heat. Actually what I said is wrong as the flowers only last a day and this morning there is a completely new set.

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  6. The wall is a great way of dealing with the different levels. And a good move to have some nice wide plants in it. I struggle with the terraces here sometimes as the top two are not quite wide enough for two plants side by side yet too wide for just the one. I’ve started going for two or three of the same variety which together make a nice big clump.

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