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Hi all, i am moving into our first house this Thursday (!). The garden is SE facing, approx 9m wide and 22m from back of house to end of garden, picture below:-
I am looking for ideas on what i could do with the garden. My brother is a builder so has offered labour as needed, and has initially suggested adding a ground soak as there is no drainage from the roof gutters (they just drain into the garden), and alslo relay the patio. I will probably do this later in the autumn as i would like to enjoy my first garden fro the remainder of this summer.
What i would like (though i'm not sure if there is room for all of this!):-
I am considering speaking to a garden designer, but am reticent in spending £300 to £600 on the basis of a website - can anybody recommend any good designers in South Wales?
I welcome and and all advice!
It looks a lovely big plot and I'm sure you can fit in all you want on your wish list
Good idea to enjoy the rest of the summer first before work as you can then see exactly what plant life you have and can use in your new design
Im no expert at all but when I do anything new in mygarden it's following tv garden design programmes or I may see something I like on programmes like Chelsea and Hampton court etc I don't mean copy whole of their gardens but pinch ideas And of course magazines and best of all if you look on the garden gallery thread on this forum you will see some amazing real people gardens
Please keep us posted on how you get on
Don't forget your washing line
Welcome to the forum
Good advice to wait abit and let your ideas become firm before starting a major redesign but do think about installing a water butt to store water before the excess goes to the ground soak.
You could divide your garden into 3 distinct areas - the first 6 to 7 metres near the house for a terrace, table, chairs, seating for entertaining and dining outdoors; the second for grass and kids' play area and the last for a greenhouse/shed/work area/compost heaps and veggie plot using raised beds to keep it neat, easy to maintain and visually pleasing as well as productive. Alter the rpoportions to suit your needs eg 6:10:6metres.
Simple trellis panels with climbers such as clematis and/or roses will do the dividing for you and you can also place an arch to join them and further separate the areas. This gives a sense of journey and mystery too. To increase the visual width of the garden use diagonal paths and borders rather than straight lines up the middle or side.
Buld a raised bed or have a collection of pots on the terrace near the house for your herbs as they generally like good drainage and will be hardier in wet winters and handy for the kitchen.
You definitely need compost bins to recycle green kitchen and garden waste. These can be either home made or bought in according to your skills and needs. Bins can be stored out of sight but handy behind a decorative treliis or fence panel near the back door.
Hi Phil, welcome to the forum.
Looks like a good size garden. As already said its good to wait a bit. While you sit in the garden for the rest of the summer you perhaps plan where what could go where. Also plants could appear in the garden through the changing seasons, especially the spring bulbs etc.
The people on here are a very friendly helpful bunch, so you will get lots of helpful advice. Look forward to your garden progress pics
Hello , I moved house a couple of times and I have always left it a while to see what grows , where sun sets etc Try sitting in different parts of the garden , it helps with a drink in your head and you might want the patio some where else
sounds like a soak away is a priority
looks like a really nice house and garden , enjoy
Ps. Wouldn't bother with a compost bin
Wow what a plot, give my right arm for that ! As above, just wait and peruse the various settings but then I would break it up and create "rooms" a la gardening progs but please before you start to shell out ..... Can I be your garden designer please, pretty please ??? Defo compost bin and watering butt (you have the room) . So jealous, enjoy x