The driveway into Neats Home was laid a while ago. When we moved in, it was as much soil as gravel, well sown with weeds. That first winter, when it rained, the builders trekked mud into the house. The same thing happened the following year. One day I had enough, and asked Mr. P for "emergency help."
That weekend, we stripped off the old surface, laid down weed-suppressant membrane, and paid the local gravel merchant to dump several tonnes of gravel onto the drive. The mud disappeared overnight. Order was restored. All was well again.
But around the same time, I decided to create a small garden bed next to the drive. Why I decided this, I cannot recall - in retrospect it was a little mad, since I was already clearing overgrown beds, and the area that I had to dig up was hard-packed sand and bedrock - incredibly hard and dry. But the site was south-facing, sunny, and the main view from the kitchen. So, after a fair amount of hard labour, I managed to create a rough bed, and began to stock it with plants.
I didn't buy new plants - I just lifted and split plants from elsewhere in the garden, and planted these. A neighbour kindly gave me some of his sedums, and recently I added some herbs that I've scrounged from other parts of the garden - purple sage, pink pompons of chives, yellow marjoram, spiky tarragon, and creeping yellow-leaved thyme. I scattered poppy seeds I'd collected, and next month, in September, I'll plant some pink wallflowers that I've grown from seed, as well as plenty of pink tulips.
Silver and Green
The colour scheme is silver and green, with splashes of pink and purple I'm looking forward to it maturing next year, and being able to pop out from the kitchen to gather herbs.