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Have just moved into a lovely bungalow with a very unfortunately sad looking garden, there are aspects which are beautiful and have some nice terraces but there are two areas I'm not sure what to do with.
I have attached a few photos and would very much appreciate peoples input, looking to do this on a very small budget as I'm a student at present but very handy with tools and at presenting i'm studying towards a civil engineering degree so hard landscaping isn't an issue. The issue is ideas for the front bank with the winding path and rear bank surrounded by Hazel trees.
If you are supposed to walk in the slope (though it looks rather steep to me), you
should think about low shrubs and borders. Otherwise large shrubs and small trees
would fill the space well.
For that steep back slope, I'd say "wildflower meadow," probably partly because it looks like it's halfway there already. It'd be a great place for birds to hunt bugs.
Alternative idea: orchard.
On a slope like that, you don't want high maintenance stuff and you don't want anything that produces its own tripwires, so brambles and honeysuckles are probably things to avoid.
For the front, low shrubs. Low, because you don't want them to shade out the place you stood to take that picture. Hardy perennials are your friends, because you only have to buy them once and plant them once. If you've got a cheap source of rocks, you could turn the whole thing into a terraced strawberry field, but that may be taking "I like strawberries" a bit too far. A few interesting "architectural" plants and a lot of year-round foliage, with something in flower most months, should work.
I'd advise against bulbs, because they don't hold the soil in place very well, especially when they're dormant, so your whole garden would get washed downhill quite quickly.
If that's an ash tree drooping down on the right of the first image, I'd suggest cutting that branch back quite hard before you start, or it'll be hitting you on the head while you work and then you'll have nowhere to stand to cut it without trampling your new plants.
A neighbour of mine once had a bank like the one in the first photo and it was full of lavender and it worked really well.
there are some lovely flowering shrubs you could put on the steep banks. My garden has a steep slope. You could also think about tumbling clematis down the bank.
Did see something planted like that on tv before think it was one of the gardens for the yellow book not sure they dug out stepping holes to be able to walk up the slope to plant
Try grasses you can get alsorts and look lovely in the wind and ask at local GC if they have any plants that they would recommend to use to help
Ooh, yeah, lavender. Then you could make your own teabags to sell to my friend because I cannot find the Twinings Earl Grey With Lavender she loves.
Have a good look at neighbouring gardens,what are they growing sucessfuly? any ideas you can pinch from them?.Are you friendly with them?any chance of cuttings etc?
Otherwise low shrubs would probably be the best option,lavender suggestion sounds good.
With a slope that steep maintenance is the biggest issue, so hardy evergreen shrubs would be my choice Dan. Lots to choose from depending on your aspect and soil type. You don't want to be faffing around on there trying to stake perennials and cutting stuff back. It will be tricky enough preparing the ground and getting stuff planted as it is.The alternative is creating terraces to make access easier, but as you say, you're on a budget so that probably rules that out.
Thanks for all the responses I agree about the hard landscaping but am willing to do as much as possible by hand but do need to keep the costs down, there are so many areas in garden that need attention but of various types as they are all different, really don't want low maintenace as find most quite boring so looking for something different and willing to put in the work. Was considering putting trees at the bottom some type of fruit to give a bit of privacy as well.