This garden near Abergavenny is on an exposed site that slopes away steeply at the roadside. It is perched above a beautiful valley and, consequently, is exposed to cold winds.
I needed to choose plants that were very hardy and would cope with slopes and, consequently, dry conditions. I wanted the plants to blend with the surrounding environment and give all year interest.
I planted a blue holly to reflect the blue horizon, a small blue lilac and a rose with blue leaves called Rosa gluaca. On the slope are Diervilla rivularia 'Honey Bee' which, as its name suggests, is loved by bees. The Diervilla is also extremely hardy and can cope with a dry slope. There is winter interest with evergreen Mahonias and coloured stems of the cornus 'Midwinter Fire'.
This is the garden in mid-November.