Started in 2005 after the death of my mother, this garden is at the front of the house and faces due south. We constructed the wall on the west side to split up the area from the walled garden and give it a more sheltered aspect.
We excavated the subsoil, laid down gravel and new topsoil but this garden has proved to be somewhat difficult. Initially we planted hundreds of spring bulbs but the voles ate them - there are just some lovely little irises in February to show for all that hard work !
We also struggle as the ground is very damp in the winter and bone dry in the summer, a challenging combination. However the alliums do well here and there are some great self-seeders including Nigella, Knautia macedonica mixed with Knautia macedonica Melton Pastels.
Two years ago we started to plant grasses here - a departure for us as having so many wild grasses in the rest of the garden, I never felt the need for them in the flower beds. However, as most other plants were struggling we've given them a go and they really are developing into good architectural plants.
The cherry tree was a gift from my sister and fruits most years - one year we had 10 kilos and they are really delicious.