In the interim I have got back into my sadly neglected garden...
I had a pond in this garden bed which I moved out and put my water lily plants into a large pot. That worked well but now I have a large hole to fill in the garden bed.
I am also redoing the planting style. After seeing all the cottage gardens in the UK like this one:
|Corner house in Dalish Wake Somerset UK in May 2014|
and flowers like these:
|Clematis vine on fence in Wales|
|Black Tulip - Somerset UK|
|Orange double poppy - Somerset UK|
|refurbishment under way.. note the big hole in front of shrubs. The nandina bush was moved to the back to allow planting in front of it..|