When we moved to this house in 2008 this is what the house and garden looked like. It was actually worse as the whole house (roof included) was covered in ivy. As you can see the ivy was growing back.
Although the whole house was in desperate need of renovating we started to plant a garden first. That way the garden could grow while we were renovating the inside. We took out all the ivy – boy ivy is a scary plant. It’s something out of a horror movie. There where root stems as big as proper trees. They also leave spores so we had to brush all the spores off of the house, it was a nightmare.
We didn’t have a clue what to do with that front garden so we started by just taking everything out and putting grass down. We also had to consider that pine tree, but eventually the ants got it so we had to come up with a new plan.
I like organised but wild and messy gardens. So after 7 years of having just grass and gravel I’ve started to plant a formal garden. Using wee boxwood bushes, lavender, hydrangeas and roses. We’ve also planted a wisteria to grow on both sides of the door as a house like this needs a good wisteria. It will need time to grow but so far I’m really pleased, it suits the architecture of the house.
When we will finally put a new roof up the plastic black gutter will be replaced by a white wooden one so it will only get better. I love how the wild acacias on the plot next door have grown higher and how autumn makes everything colourful and wild. I can’t wait for the garden to grow even more.