My husband and I are moving into our first house in less than 2 weeks. The front yard has a few flower beds in place and I'm content to leave everything there as is but the back yard is pretty much a blank slate. We have amassed a significant collection of plants at the place we are currently renting and I want to move them all to the new place - they are my babies and I would no sooner leave them behind than leave our pets behind :)
Aside from watering and fertilizing the plants well prior to transplanting, is there anything that I should know or be aware of regarding moving plants in August? I have been keeping new plants in containers and have also moved a few older plants into containers, hoping that it will minimize some of the transplantation stress.
Also, on garden styles, our house is only 9 yrs old but it was built in a style reminiscent of Ontario Gothic revival. I would like to somehow incorporate the style of house into the garden design but I'm at a loss as to what a gothic revival garden should look like. Most of our plants are older varieties or plants that I could see growing in a garden in England during the 1800's so I think that they won't look out of place, although I'd love to here more suggestions for heirloom type plants. Or any examples of gothic revival gardens around the London area.
I was also thinking of changing the current patio - right now it's just big cement slabs and while they may be functional, I'm not really crazy about them. What I'd like to do (project for next spring) is lay a patio of blue stone surrounded by a low boxwood hedge to define the patio area. To me though, boxwood hedges tend to seem very formal and I'm concerned that it (a formal hedge) will be at odds with the rest of the house (not cottagey but still informal). Do you folks think that the boxwoods would clash or have any suggestions for something to go around the patio area?