So today I changed it, we dug out all the gravel and filled my 2 large troughs with it, transferring the soil back into this bed.
I planted it up, then they cut the hedge!!!! Typical, but I don't holdout much hope on this being a regular happening as their house is on the market and is most likely to sell to people out of area
due to the price, so I shouldn't imagine people coming for a weekend will be wanting to do gardening and they have a enormous garden.
Anyway I have planted cottage garden type plants here. I know a bit different to my normal, but we have more or less decided to make the bottom part very English. Mainly because this part of the garden can get very cold in winter.
This is the trough at the end of the arid bed, which has been sat doing nothing for a couple of years. Using the fence I should be able to construct a fairly good winter protection.
This is the trough at the top of the garden, I need to get more gravel but I have decided to put all my aloe's in one place, when they start growing and sprouting I think they will look pretty magnificent. Again easy to sort out some type of protection over winter.
We went and bought some gravel and to cut costs we bought split bags, will plant some of the smaller ground cover succulents in here as well, should look good when the have settled in.