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30/08/2013 at 22:52

HI ALL

below is a photoof my garden, we bought the house last year and its 26x31meters fairly flat fairly level slightly running off at the southside. 

i have great abilities as an engineer/carpenter/builder but no design what so ever!! i even let my wife dress me. i love acers/japanese maples and have ordered 9 total. but i want some raised beds directly opposite outside the house. mabe somewhere for a plot... green house... decking ??

any design ideas or full designs would be much appreciated.

http://i1075.photobucket.com/albums/w436/f1l8ey/7FC3847F-4248-4733-8EE8-56D46D247905-9083-00000D3D097AC02E_zps2411e70a.jpg

 many thanks guys

 

Filbey

30/08/2013 at 23:51

Hello and what a lovely garden

May be you could divide up into different areas like rooms but in the garden, ones with smells scent garden with lavender and other fragant plants.

You veg like a small allotment, area for sound like grasses that russel in the wind

May be a seating area - which could be where the decking is, it is good to make curvy path, hidden areas so you dont see all the garden at once

Have a sit in your garden see if you want to be out there in the evening or day - which area to sit in if you want it to be sunny or a bit shady

Pick plants out for different condition Like full sun - part shade

Sit in the garden try to make a rough plan of where you might like things

Hope any of this might give you some ideas

31/08/2013 at 00:27

I think firstly you want to decide what you want the garden for - do you have kids who want to play football on that enormous lawn, or do you want to break it up?  Do you want to grow veg?  Do you want a barbecue/firepit/bar/entertaining area?  Where is the washing line going, and the bins, compost heap and shed?  Those (to me) are the boring bits that somewhat dictate their own location, and after that you can let your imagination run away ....

As you're a fan of acers and (very helpfully) an engineer, perhaps you could start with the idea of a japanese type water garden as a 'surprise' in one area of the garden? I would probably landscape a bit and create some raised areas too -  and I like a bit of height in a garden, so a pergola along a curved path perhaps?

 

31/08/2013 at 01:13

Oh, Wow.  So much you could do there!  I would never be able to decide on a plan.  I'd just keep sitting there changing my mind every day.  My garden has evolved gradually due to lack of money, time, help etc, and has had to fit around things.  Although I sometimes wish I had had a blank canvas like yours to start with, I think I would still be sitting here designing, 4 yrs later!  My suggestion is to go to the bit on the forum where everyone is showing thier gardens (can't remember the thread name).  There are loads of lovely gardens on there to give you ideas, and I totally agree with both Sara and Gardengirl's ideas, too.

One of the posters had built a fantastic bottle wall.  Will go back to that thread and forward shortly.

You lucky person, no major work removing things before starting!

31/08/2013 at 13:47

Check out your local garden centres and nurseries.  They may be able to point you in the direction of students studying garden design on horticultural courses who would kill for the opportunity to put together designs for any garden, and particularly one of that size.  They have the added advantage that they probably won't charge at all or their fees will be low compared to established designers.

01/09/2013 at 08:48

Many thanks guys, i realised i left very litlle info in the original post....the ideas so far are very good but heres a little more info. 

the washing line runs from the back of the house straight to the fence opposite... (lush) i dont have kids, but id like to think if we had kids it was a safe area (no ponds)  I would like to grow veg and maybey seperate a plot/allotment and main garden but my main focus is a nice sociable garden (BBQ's/sociable sun traps) 

i know it looks awesome to have a blank canvas but to me with no artistic flare its more daunting than if i had a garden with rubbish plants... id just rip them out and start again with the structure still in place.

 

keep the ideas coming guys. i keep reading the design projects on here to gather more inspiration

13/09/2013 at 19:12

I've been looking at building some raised beds and felt short of ideas and came across a website with lots of raised bed projects and lots of other stuff! Might help!
http://www.railwaysleepers.com/projects/raised-beds-with-railway-sleepers

Good luck with your garden!

14/09/2013 at 09:05

Many thanks guys, ive taken on board all the great ideas so far and ive got a design in mind, ill draw it up and open it to constuctive feedback

 

15/09/2013 at 15:43

Wow what a garden to start with... I am looking forward to seeing how it develops over the months ahead.

I would def look to break the garden up with a veggie area and social seeting areas.

I can also see winding paths and borders and planting to take people around the garden with little hidden areas. Maybe a woodland area at the back with some trees and woodland planting

15/09/2013 at 19:41

Cheers mike but thats still out of budget. 

So here goes guys  

http://i1075.photobucket.com/albums/w436/f1l8ey/Gardenide_zpsefb1fb41.jpg

 

 

a little imagination is required!! the brown line woul be a dividing fence with gate 6 foot (same as the fence all around the garden) to seperate the "working area" from the "sociable garden"

inside the working area is the shed, chickens, compost bins, green house, coldframe and vegtable plots (brown boxes) 

the social garden will be mostly lawn. a slate patio imediatley outside the house, a raised bed that runs down the far fence (approx 2-3feet raised) the samll box in the top RH corner is a fire pit with benches built into the raised bed.

the semicircle in the midleish bottom is a decking with a half pegoda?? maybe a vine or 2 growing over it ?? and the pink circle is where i have planted our magnolia. (it isnt that big yet but thats the projected size in the future.) also willing to relocate this

this is all i have so far and i encorage any type of feedback please. 

 

Many thanks Filbey

19/03/2014 at 21:39

ok so I've looked at the dimensions and I'm currently drawing up a scaled design for you all :/ this year id like to make some good headway!

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