Family and Wildlife Friendly Planting in Brockley

Colourful and bee friendly shrubs, flowers and grasses for a cool, secluded city garden.

Planting from patio

Close up of HotLips, Corylus and Calamagrostis with dead stump.

Sorbus to be planted for privacy screen once fence repaired.

Leycesteria and Passiflora corner

Cotinus, Lavender and Salvia Royal Bumble against the wooden summer house.

My clients wanted colour, lots of mauves and whites, including lavenders and other pollinator friendly flowers. A screening tree was also required, and they requested a passion flower for the cedar screen.

Plants list, clockwise from left, nearest the house: Lavandula ‘Hidcote’, Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’, Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’, Deutzia ‘Pride of Rochester’, Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’, Iris sibirica (divided from clump on right), Cotinus ‘Dusky Maiden’, L. Hidcote, Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’, Sorbus (Mountain Ash) ‘Joseph Rock’ (to be planted on left once fence panel replaced), L. ‘Hidcote’, Passiflora ‘Betty Myles Young’, Leycesteria formosa ‘Purple Rain’, Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’, Hebe white (in situ already), Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigra’ (black grass), Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Corylus Maxima Purpura, C ‘Overdam’, Ceanothus ‘Italian Skies’, Clematis Montana, L. Hidcote, Iris sibirica (last three already in situ). In pots (not shown) Azalea, pink and Verbena bonariensis.

This is very much a work in progress. I need to return and dig and define the borders properly, and extract dandelions and as much bindweed as possible.

Have tools, will travel!