Introducing the Driveway Garden

The Driveway Garden represents my first great digging effort, transforming the strip of rough patchy grass between the flowering cherry trees along the driveway. I remember it taking many weekends, and I wondered what I'd started!

 In late spring.
Gardens Along the Driveway

The sheep fence separating the drive from the Frisbee Lawn still supports my first climbing roses (Cecile Brunner and Alberic Barbier), both of which are still thriving. It's the same story with and my first proudly cutting-grown Clematis Montana. Oops - I had no idea it would turn into such a big bully. Every three or four years I chop it down ruthlessly. Then the prettiest spring pink blossoms appear, just when the flowering cherry trees are finishing, and I relent.

After some years I added a balancing second border along the left hand side of the drive. Even later the removal of overgrown Cotoneaster shrubs made space for a large circular spring garden. Here I've been able to plant rhododendrons, maples, a Cotinus, and other choice shrubs.

 There is a lot of autumn gold in this garden.
The Driveway Garden in Autumn

The gaps are filled with self-seeding plants like white variegated Honesty, Nicotiana and Cosmos, and the obligatory yellow daffodils. Of course there are also a few coloured Phormium hybrids for all-year foliage.

 Some things change, some things stay the same...
Down the Driveway - from 2000 to 2009

The pine and gum trees in the Hump (an old sandhill which runs the length of the property) are the original shelter belt, planted over twenty years ago for the rough dry nor-west winds.

 Hee hee. There
The Driveway - Archives, 1996

In my early gardener's mind this area would have made a perfect deciduous woodland with spring daffodils and bluebells, rhododendrons, and cute little paths.

A Pittosporum Forest

In reality it's turned slowly into a native Pittosporum forest, with tough drought-tolerant shrubs. But the paths are still cute - don't get lost in there!

Dotted around the Driveway Lawn are wooden garden benches to rest and relax on. They're in shady spots, and I've painted them bright colours - for winter interest, you understand.

Spring and Autumn

Spring and autumn are possibly the best times to enjoy the Driveway Garden's shrubs and trees. Shade in summer limits rose growing here, but I'm trying out some tough rugosas, and I'm growing an old-fashioned climber up the big Locust tree. Go on, bloom for me!

I hope you enjoy your visit. Make sure you wander over the lawn, and find some of the hidden paths. You'll likely meet one of the house cats or Rusty the dog on the driveway - he'll be waiting patiently to go for a walk. Gardening is soooooo boring for dogs!

 Fluff-Fluff and Rusty.
Cat and Dog in the Driveway