- The place: A stream wraps around the boundaries of my garden, contained on one side by the low bank and hedgerow of the surrounding field, and by a wall on my side. A stretch of the wall carries a path with steps and there is a steep slope down to it at this point.
- The problem: Since the removal of several ugly old shrubs last year (I just couldn’t stand them, they had to go!), the soil has slowly been sliding down onto the path, creating an alluvial plain for grass and weeds. I didn’t want to bank it up with wooden planks as it would look all angular and ugly. A stone retaining wall would be too bulky, and would be expensive. It would also involve someone else to build it, and I wanted a solution I could do myself.
- The puzzle: The middle of the bank is planted with primroses, bluebells, ferns, wild strawberries and foxgloves. It’s shady, and being next to the stream and field, it’s quite romantic. It’s a little escape from the toil of the kitchen garden. I wanted to stretch this natural and organic feel to the ‘problem’ end, where the shrubs had been. Feeling uninspired, I decided to cover the path with black plastic and wait for a eureka moment.
- The product: In the spring I was given the opportunity to try out some Classic metal edging from EverEdge. The challenge was to come up with something ‘creative’. EverEdge is normally used to define lawns and makes them easy to maintain. I’ve used it in previous gardens around beds and pathways and the thing I love most about it is that it defines spaces but disappears into the background. It doesn’t shout and, once the plants have grown, you barely know it’s there. In effect, EverEdge is like a corset for the garden!
- The project: The arrival of the EverEdge seemed to be serendipitous. I decided to go a bit off-piste and use it to tackle the worsening problem with the slope. By using it to follow the natural contours, I created a series of terraces, staggering the steep incline with narrow beds, which I levelled with quality topsoil. This has made the slope a much less daunting prospect to plant out. It’s stopped the soil moving and it compliments the feel of this part of the garden.
- The progression: I had some 6mm bars that I had bought for making raised bed frames, and I decided to use these, partly as slender reinforcement posts for the EverEdge and, by bending them over, as plant and netting supports too. I’ve staggered these along the terraces, and I’m rather pleased with the effect!
- The planting: Then there was the decision of what to plant here. The terraces face east, but the edges are in sun for most of the day. After much thought, I decided to devote this area to cut flowers. I’ve sowed it with an assortment of bee-friendly from Higgledy Gardens, and I’m hoping that it will be abundant with blooms in a few months time. Once the plants are established, I’ll remove the netting and lace twine between the bars to help support the taller-stemmed plants.
- The pleasure: The true test will be how the plants are defined by the terraces. I cant wait to see the results! I’ll post an update later in the summer.
Many thanks to EverEdge for giving me the opportunity to ‘go creative’ and play with their product 🙂 EverEdge is a British company, based in Shropshire. It can be bought direct from the EverEdge website, in a variety of colours, finishes, weights and widths. It can also be found in many other countries