West/North-West facing wall
Todays project was finding a solution to an unloved corner of the garden which has suffered from a distinct lack of sunlight (apart from towards the end of the afternoon and the early evening on very clear days).
We wanted colour and something that would grow up against the wall to protect a new Robin Bird Box from predators (read: Cat!).
A solution has been found in the form of a lovely bright flowering Japanese Quince - Chaenomeles x superba Crimson & Gold, that remarkably was cheaper from a mainstream garden centre chain than anywhere I could find it online. This has been underplanted with a native ivy - Hedera helix and finished off with a layer of horticultural grit.
This tree symbolises rebirth and its hard autumnal apple-like fruit can be used cooked as an accent in sauces to accompany many sweet and savoury dishes.