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Hello Gareth and welcome.
Could you give a little more information about your relatives garden?.
Is it already planted,and you want advice about maintaining it?
Or is it unplanted and you want help in choosing plants and landscaping?
It does,nt matter what questions you ask,lots of different expertise on this forum ,and someone is always keen to help.
Any idea what type of soil it is? sandy,heavy clay for instance.
Do you know what the plants are that are already growing.? that would give a clue as to Growing conditions,What are you looking to grow?
Difficult to identify soil type from plants mentioned,Rhodedendruns like acidic soil,might be worth getting a soil test kit to make sure.
What do you want from the garden?
To test drainage soak a patch and see how quickly it drains away. If it stays you are on clay, but from the sound of it, its not. A soil test kit will give you the soil ph, which you can use as a guide for further planting. The Rhoddy doesnt seem to fit as it flowers normally in early spring. I would get a good gardening book and do some homework over the winter, there will be plenty to choose from, but go for something basic at first and progress from there.
Hiya Gareth. It sounds like good soil. Acid too.
Why not try and pop in some wallflowers....the garden centres sell them now " bare root" which means they are not in pots. They will give you loads of colour from late winter to late spring.
Get some daffodils in too.
Domt be tempted to get,rid of anything though....see what comes up,in the spring.
Sorry Gareth, welcome to the forum. Enjoy your garden
If sedum Autumn Joy is growing well then the soil's probably well draining so you'll have plenty of plants to choose from. If the lady wants all year round colour then you'll need a framework of evergreens. You mentioned a Rhodie so you could also have Pieris which has bunches of small creamy white flowers in spring followed by bright pinky/red new growth. They like a bit of shade same as the rhodo so that's one which would probably work for you. As Verd says, the soil sounds good and rich but wait and see what else is there in late winter/spring. There might be lots of bulbs waiting to erupt! If you can get pix on of different aspects of the plot you'll get lots of suggestions here from everyone.
Hey Gareth. Just enjoy the fun of plantIng some cheap and cheerful stuff for now.
The soil Test! Hmm. There are clues that your soil is acid and you could just see what your neighbours grow. But, I enjoy the science bit......the soil test is informative, interesting and valuable.
Let us know what your test reveals
What I would do to get you started is go to Homebase or B&Q and but buy some winter pansies and viola's. I noticed they were quite resonable price last week. Buy some containers, plasitic will survive the frost and ice. Use a good multi-purpose compost, like 'Miracle-Gro'. You can then place them outside near a window for the lady to look at. Just keep them moist if the compost looks dry. To see if they do need watering, just stick your whole finger in the compost, if it feels damp no need to water.
When the flowers fade, you will see a little seed pod. Pick those off for continue flowering. You can keep those pods, dry them out and the seeds will burst out for sowing next time, but that's if you want to when you are up to speed.
Hope that helps for now, don't hesitate to get back to the forum. We are here to help