As you know I’m spending the summer working with Homebase on a makeover for my garden. After several years of neglect the garden was looking tired and unloved, and definitely needed an injection of new plants, colourful flowers and lots of hard work. I’ve written about the state of the garden, and also about my plans for a Mediterranean theme and so here’s where I start to show you how the garden transformation is taking shape.
Homebase asked me if I would like to try out one of their newest products, the Garden on a Roll as part of the garden makeover. Garden on a Roll is the ideal way to create the perfect border, and is a great way for novice or inexperienced gardeners like me to get a professional looking garden border. Your chosen themed plants arrive in a box, along with a border layout map, some tools and a DVD with instructions. I couldn’t wait to give this a go.
The Ordering Process:
Firstly I needed to decide in which part of the garden I was going to create my border, and how big that area was. At the side of my gravelled ‘hot bed’ seemed the ideal spot, as it was nice and sunny and up against quite a bare fence that needed some covering. The space was 5 metres long by 90cms wide which whilst being quite large, would provide some much needed interest in that part of the garden.
The Garden on a Roll product is available in many different types to suit your style of garden and the location of the border. For example you could choose from Sensory, Shady, Mixed Sunny, Bee and Butterfly, Evergreen, Mediterranean and Chelsea (that follows the Homebase Gold winning garden from the Chelsea Flower Show). For me, of course the choice was straightforward and I went for the Mediterranean border to fit with the garden makeover theme.
Now here’s what impressed me the most. I got a phone call once the order had been placed, from the Garden on a Roll people themselves asking me a few questions about the border, and discussing the best time to deliver the box of plants so we would be ready to plant them. It gave me the chance to ask a few questions too, and felt like I was getting a really great service from a big DIY company. Now I do know this is standard practice for all customers and wasn’t just because I’m reviewing the product.
The Plants Arrive
So the box of plants arrived on the day we arranged, ready to be planted over the next few days.
Here’s what was included:
- 23 plants (a selection of Hebes, Phormiums, Lavender, Bottle Brush, Cordelines and lots more)
- Biodegradable garden plan and pegs
- Gardening trowel
- Instructional DVD
- Packets of veg and flowers seeds
- Selection of plant food
- Written instructions and guide
And so we created and prepared the border area, digging it over really well, adding some edging and some topsoil too to enrich the soil. That was the hard bit to be honest and now we were ready to put in the plants.
How to Create the Border
So it’s really simple to create the border once the area is prepared.
- Layout the biodegradable paper plan and put in the pegs to secure it.
- Take the labelled plants and place them in their correct spot according to the key
- For each plant, cut a hole in the paper
- Add some water and fertiliser and plant
- Once all the plants are in, cover the paper with a layer of topsoil
- Water well.
This video shows you in more detail how it all works:
And this is how it looked when we did it:
And that’s it really, simple. Water really well for a few weeks and then at least 3 times a week after that. It’s been really hot here so some days I’ve watered twice to keep the plants looking healthy. Fingers crossed they all seem to be doing really well and many are now flowering and have grown lots.
I’ll be back in a few weeks’ time with a full garden reveal from the whole makeover project and will show you how the border is developing.
The Final Verdict
I can’t tell you how great a product this is. What a fantastic idea and why has it taken so long for me to discover something like it! For a novice or inexperienced gardener like me this is the ideal way to create a lovely, professional looking border. Like many I can choose a plant, based on the plant information and what I like the look of, but laying them out in the right way so those at the back have height and those at the front are smaller takes skill and experience which I just don’t have.
I love that the DVD is included with lots more information on how to plant and look after the border. The seeds were a bonus for the children and we’re using them in another part of the garden.
If I was going to add anything to the product I would love a detailed list of the provided plants and a care guide, particularly telling me when to prune them would be fantastic. I think this is something I’m going to put together myself for ongoing care.
The 5mx90cm border I chose cost £260 but they start from a 3mx60cm at £140 all the way up to a 10mx90cm at £440. The plants seem really good quality and are a good size so it’s well worth the money.
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