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..I've not read all this thread so apologies if anything repeated here... but I take it you are looking to develop a garden incorporating suppressing membrane..? advice would be first of all - don't worry - you can have a lovely garden with this and virtually no also don't need much soil - hardly any - what is very important is drainage,.. and choosing the right plants... if your site is sunny then go for dry garden plants, mediterranean types, like lavenders, helianthemums.. small hebe's...grasses...halimiums..oh there are so many...and all these can be bought in small little pots - easy to plant, cheap to buy, and they soon the wild these plants grow on impoverished rocky ground... give you inspiration - I hope as that's what I'm trying to do... this is part of my 60 foot by 4 foot front garden... there is no soil here, except at least 2 foot down... what there is, is builders rubble.. hard core.. and builders sand... topped with membrane.... I just cut away a ring of membrane and planted the little plants in a mix of john innes no.2/and horticultural grit - lots of that.... and covered the lot with decorative chippings...  I never do any weeding here except right at the edges I get a few...   I get some nice seedlings popping up in the shingle... and plants love it because of the drainage. and it's a sunny site...

...hope you like it and think of taking something forward ....I'm always adding to it, and it's developed further since this was's not always easy gardening as digging a small hole in such hostile conditions can take a ittle time..removing stones and suchlike....but once they're in...forget about them....


Hiya tattianna

I wouldnt worry too much about roots going too deep.  They will venture down to 60 cm and more anyway.

The worry would I see it.....if you ate anything there.  So wouldn't put fruit or veg there.  You didn't plan on edible stuff anyway, did you?

However you choose to plant your site ....and I think we have all added our views and they will all be different (thats why all our gardens are unique to us) ...just go about enjoying your creation.  no option is perfect.

I suggest you write down all the plants that appeal and then sketch them, discuss them and re-sketch until you are happy with your plans.  I would use the remainder of the summer for this and aim for "construction" in the autumn.

You will want to change things from time to time or want to add new plants.....just enjoy the ride.

Stacey Docherty

I'm sure its all been said but wow tattianna..... I have seeds if u want some.... Have you thought of bambooThy ou can great some great non clumping ones these days and the sound, shade, patterns are amazing... Also did you see I love my garden lasts night for 2 blind children who only see shades..... they used achillea cloth of gold and lavender and orange crocosmia all contrasting but they worked so well... Also they had a living wall I admit that it would need watering but to follow is the pic of a pallet version I saw at Hampton court this year .... Could you fill it with drought resistant plants and maybe mount it on the fence at a level your daughter could touch it ? don't hesitate to shout if I can donate any seeds etc.... Also I am buying ferns for a new woodland garden im sure I have ordered too many ( as usual) am happy if I have to donate them to your amazing daughter in her new home 

Stacey Docherty

 As I said pallet planting ( I am just doing a strawberry one) dead easy drilled plank on the bottom and weed barrier matting on the back! cheap yet oh so effective


Hi Tattiana  Can't wait to see whare you go with this, Just wish I lived a little or even a lot! closer than I do so I could help. Have loads of seeds so would quite happily pass on anything you fancy. Do you have "Freecycle" in your area? Its an online website where you offer something and can then ask for money involved. You could get free plants paving even possible offers of manual assistance if you let them know what you are doing.

Made a sensory garden for a special needs school next to my kids primary school many years ago. You have many suggestions for plants with smell and sound...rustling grasses etc. Can your daughter use her arms at all? If yes then think of touch too. Soft, fluffy plants like artemesias. This is one of my favourites 

Stachys byzantina aka lambs ears...because thats just what they feel like.

Sagina subulata, mounds of softness. 

Plant flowers that produce seed heads that can be rattled...poppies, nigella and Aquilegia spring to mind.

You have many scented plants mentioned already but one you really must include is Aloysia triphylla...lemon verbena it is the best smell ever!



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