Garden Makeover Update: Garden on a Roll One Year On

Last year saw me collaborate with Homebase to makeover our back garden. We tried lots of plants, fruit trees and garden accessories, but one of the most exciting products we tested was the ‘Garden on a Roll’.

Homebase garden makeover

This ingenious product creates a ready-made border from a pack containing a biodegradable plan, the plant selection, a few tools and a ‘how to do it’ dvd. Homebase sells this product on their website, where the customer can choose the right style and size of border suitable for their garden. I tried out a ‘Mediterranean’ style selection and planted them up last July.

Here’s what it looked like as we prepared to plant the plants. Each pot is labelled and corresponds to a letter on the plan, so you know exactly where to plant them, to create the perfect border.

Garden on a Roll

Garden on a Roll

Once planted, this is what it looked like. As you can see, all the plants were a good size and flowering in their first year.


Garden on a roll


So, I thought it might be nice to show how the border looks this season, one year on from planting. It’s noticeably different!



GOAR close up

Lavendar GOAR

Yellow GOAR


As you can see from the pictures, it all looks really lush. After the first season, I didn’t prune the plants very much, and I think all the rain this year has really helped them grow. Some of the plants look enormous, and I did have some sweet peas that seem to have seeded themselves and filled up the back of the border too. This year I’m going to prune everything really well to keep it in check.

I am really stunned at how much it’s grown in a year, and can’t wait to see how it develops as the years go on.

What do you think of this type of product? Would you want to give it a go?

Garden on a Roll is available at Homebase starting at £140 for a 3m x 60cm border.

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. Stephanie
    July 3, 2014 / 11:23 am

    WOW! What a great idea, that is a perfect tool for people who don’t really know where to plant the plants and what would look good. It really has bloomed and looks beautiful.

  2. Rachel
    July 7, 2014 / 11:23 pm

    Love the one year on update – and it’s looking brilliant! Really nice and colourful, with lots of floral variety.

  3. Becky
    July 13, 2014 / 7:45 am

    Lovely photos Jen! Thanks for linking up to the britmums carnival

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