We were contacted to spruce up the raised borders in a nursing home car park in Bromley. The area was visible to visitors and also to residents as their dining room overlooked it. Top priorities were as follows:
- Interest throughout the year
- Low maintenance
As we had a tight budget to work to, we focussed on the most visible areas.
The planting scheme included perennial shrubs that gave a changing interest through the seasons with blossom and berries. These would only need one prune a year to keep them tidy. Then we added herbaceous perennials for flower colour to give an immediate and long term boost to the planting scheme. These are also low maintenance as constant deadheading isn’t essential; a good trim at the end of the season will be enough.
The nursing home car park had raised beds with a few shrubs that were worth keeping, but most were looking very sad. We removed some and pruned others; and improved the soil with plenty of organic matter.
We chose some few larger shrubs to give instant impact to the planting design Bromley. Due to the budget, most of the shrubs and herbaceous perennials in the planting scheme were smaller plants, but chosen to give good ground cover as they grow, as well as seasonal interest.