The Shady Bank

I was interested to see when I was watching Gardeners World last Friday Carol Klein talking about planting a bank.

Living on the lower slopes of the Malvern Hills my garden certainly slopes.  I suppose you could say that the garden has been terraced in the loosest possible way.  The lower section has a slight incline and then there is a ‘dry stone’ wall of Malvern stone dug up from the garden.  Behind this ‘wall’ there is a much steeper slope and regular readers of this blog will have seen it mentioned before and referred to as the ‘daisy border’ or ‘the slope‘.  That part of the slope is the deepest section but the slope actually slopes down at one end to form a much narrower bank but equally steep.  This is one of those bits of the garden that I have become practised in not seeing for years.  The former pond was in front of it so it was difficult to access without the risk of ending up in the pond.  However, now I have filled in the pond and put a path across the back of the new bog garden I can finally access the bank.

Last spring I moved some of my snowdrops to add to those already there.  There are also primroses and hostas but I have been waiting until now to see what is where and where there are gaps.  This weekend I have filled in the gaps with geraniums.  These have been grown from mixed seed so I have no idea what colour the flowers will be. Hopefully the geraniums and hostas will make the bank colourful this summer.

I think I need to add some scilla and some other small spring bulbs for next year.

 

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. A lovely terraced bank..it reminds me of my shade gardens at the old house and how I terraced them…sounds like a lovely combo…

  2. It’s all looking very nice Helen. I love the look of a terraced garden.

  3. Holleygarden says:

    It looks gorgeous. Planting on a slope is not easy. I have one very small area that slopes, and it seems the water always wants to run off instead of down into the ground. I love your stone wall. Gives it a lot of character.

  4. Sometimes I envy people who garden on flat land and then I look at what can be done with a slope and am not so sure. Yours is lovely. I am very fond of snowdrops and geraniums, in fact they are taking over the native tree walk so we clearly have similar, not to say great, taste!

  5. Victoria says:

    I saw that too – your version looks great. I really enjoyed that episode of GW – Joe Swift and Monty Don seemed so at ease with each other, compared to the rather forced banter between JS and Toby Buckland.

  6. The one thing I find amiss with my garden (okay, clearly not the ONLY thing, but the only thing I can’t really change) is that it’s flat. I’m deeply jealous of slopes and inclines, since I grew up on a sloping garden and find that it adds so much character.

    The little area in the pictures looks lovely, and especially the dry stone wall has me oohing and ahing…

  7. Looks lovely. I tend to keep my Geraniums in the greenhouse until the end of April to avoid frosts …. today has felt like May so I think I will follow your example and get them outside!

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Patricia – just to clarify I mean perennial geraniums not pelargoniums which I will be keeping in my greenhouse for a while
      Helen

  8. kate says:

    I love your slope – and some scilla would look lovely (they’d work so well with the primroses)… I think slopes can make you creative. Or so I keep telling myself!

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Kate – Yes Scilla are definitely the way to go I think, I will just have to remember to buy them in the Autumn!

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