When I met the client, her daughter was due to be married the following summer and she wanted the garden to look at its best. There was a central pergola with a few straggly Clematis that were not growing well.
The marquee for the wedding reception would be at the end of the pergola so a beautiful border on either side of this walkway was the obvious solution. Everything needed to be looking lovely on one day – namely 7 th July 2012.
The two borders were dug in March 2012 and eight box cones were planted, four in each border. These were surrounded and softened with blue (to match the bridesmaids’ dresses) and white planting with pink highlights. The pergola uprights had alternating white and pink climbers – white jasmine on the first two posts, followed by Clematis viticella ‘Abundance’ (pink), then Clematis viticella ‘Maria Cornelia’ (white) and finishing with Clematis viticella ‘Confetti’ (pink).
There were some nerve wracking moments but, with a last tweak and tidy up on the day before, the borders did look fit for a wedding on the big day and the rain held off…..at least until the evening when the guests were dancing in the marquee.