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work in progress

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 18:26

Best plot on the site. Great job a real transformation!
I've recently acquired an allotment of my own and hoping to do similar to this what a brilliant example of what can be achieved.

Raised bed depth

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 18:21

looking good, that's a great coldframe you have there. Old fencing and a door?
Just need to replace that grass with 2 or 3 more beds and you're truly sorted!

Garden Idea Help

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 22:07

I did have an edited image of one of your photos quickly showing a possible idea but cant upload for some reason

Garden Idea Help

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 22:06

A nice tall acer would do the trick. +1 for mooresthemerrier. All sorts of different colours and sizes so do a little research to find the one right for you, and be prepared to pay abit for one already 5 - 6 ft tall (I'd estimate £60+).
Placing the acer by the fence and somewhat central might allow you to "cut the garden up", creating naturally different areas to work with.
When you start to consider shade, privacy, access and practicality the ideas should start to flow.

Small front garden design

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 12:04

This post I did some time ago May be of interest / inspirational value :  http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/garden-design/front-garden-from-scratch/4944.html

the planting consists of many tough herbs, and perennials which are doing brilliantly to this day. I think the use of aggregates and vertical space open up the otherwise small square garden. 


Hope this helps

Front garden From scratch

Posted: 02/12/2012 at 23:38

It was great fun, certainly not regretting having done it haha.
Unfortunatly as the second to last photo shows the house went up for sale, and has now sold. After approaching the new owners to get a birds eye photo it seems these are the only ones I'm able to come away with as they weren't too keen on letting me in.

However from the photos I do have nothing has changed. Requires abit of imagination to piece it together though I guess.

Front garden From scratch

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 22:01

Unfortunatly even I can see this last addition to my post is lacking compared to my previous posts, however, it's been some months since this project was completed.

Regardless I hope any of you viewing this thread have enjoyed it, I know I enjoyed doing it! Please leave feedback as I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Front garden From scratch

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 21:59

Now it's starting to get dark far too early I've just remembered about this post hah.
A few things changed since the last photo, mainly the decision not to have a pond!

Here's how we're looking:





As you can see the seating area has been moved to where we were storing sandstone, wicker fencing masks the cold metal bars and mirrors help to keep the space feeling open.
The pond has been filled in with a small amount of compost, small pieces of sandstone and any leftover large pieces we had, and has then been planted up with alpine plants and what I know as Lucifer grass (or monbreacher, spelling?)


 A variety of potted plants has been used to soften areas where planting would prove difficult.
Regular garden gravel has been used to create a path, as well as 2 large pieces of nicely weathered sandstone. Left over bark (from the original clearance) has been used to help add contrast and to hopefully help keep the weeds out (some of the old weed surpressant matting was used also).

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 19:38

Wow, thats a true transformation!
Did you buy the plants at that level of maturity?

Front garden From scratch

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 19:36

Oh, forgot to say at the beginning and can't edit but if you're unaware you can click the photo to get a larger version (all good quality)   enjoy

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