Back to the Nandina's - do they go in the middle swirl so people can peek through them or do I put them in the corners to balance the height of the hedges? Its' not a plant I've used before, or maybe even one I would have naturally chosen. If it was that little bit higher, I could have successfully trimmed the undergrowth to reveal the stems and thin out the bulk of the plant, but whilst this looked nice when I tried it, the plants are just that little bit too short to be used effectively in this way. So in the end I decided to combine them with the Pittosporum and put some in the middle swirl, and the rest in the corners. Then it was time to decide how to plant around them. I'd already got a selection of perennials and grasses from the nursery in Hampshire, so it was just a matter of moving them around in groups on site until I was happy with the associations.
After an hour or so of moving plants left, right, up, down and back to where they started, I made my final decision and started writing my list.
I ummmed and ahhhed about adding lavenders into the scheme, but decided that they would give the planting in the edge beds too silvery a hue, so I have stayed with the salvias. I spoke to the nursery to place my order and make sure that the key plants would still be looking good for judging day on 11 th and 12th June only to be told to 'phone back on wednesday morning so that they can select the best plants for me. Only too happy to oblige said I. A few more nights to think it through will do no harm.