A mostly paved garden behind a newly built house, shown here in its first year of planting. A palette of tough plants knit together to make a weed suppressing, drought tolerant ground cover. It gives a long display of colour with plenty of winter evergreens and needs little maintenance. The soil is heavy clay, the site is in full sun most of the day. Quantities of organic matter were added to the site to improve the soil before planting and will continue to be added annually, eventually allowing some more choice specimens to be added in.