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Front garden From scratch

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 12:08
Insomnia1973 wrote (see)

It doesn't look that steep when you are looking at it from above does it! But from the side views, it's quite a drop! That must have made it awkward to work on. It's looking good though.

It certainly didnt seem steep when I started working either. Before I knew it I was jumping down a 3 / 4ft drop to get plants and aggregates in _

Front garden From scratch

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 22:44
weejenny wrote (see)

Its looking great I'm loving the stages. What work you've done

Thanks Jenny, I thought it might be useful for others looking to do similar projects if i did a walkthrough. Feedback is one thing, but inspiring is another all together

Front garden From scratch

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 22:42


Seating area

As there were some old bags of green slate lying around, it only made sense to use this as the surface of the seating area. Using green slate for the bulk of the seating area, I also used a mix of plum slate, and blue slate to create some definition.

Planted adjacent to the walkway leading to the house is a mixture of trailing herbs, the shown will hopefully entwine with the logs and brances. As you may have noticed there are various querky "ornaments" dotted around the garden which seemed a useful way of adding instant impact (considering the use of young plants), as well as being unique points of interest.



Current state



 This is how the garden currently looks overall, as you can see the pond will be raised, meaning I need to lay some foundations and begin building the wall before doing anything else with the pond.

Once the wall is at least partially built (side closes to the seating) I can create the path running through to garden. Seems like a handy use of time whilst waiting for the concrete to dry.


Talkback: Snails

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 23:48

I find a sunken trough planter of garden mint keeps them at bay.I plant my lettuces behind the mint and never get any bite marks

Front garden From scratch

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 23:34


The hard bit

Building up the main rockery wall layer by layer, I back filled with the heavy clay in the pond area. Digging small amounts of the pond as I made the rockery seemed to make the work alot easier.

I made the 3 planting areas and also dug the middle out slightly, not only to provide more earth to back fill, but also to allow compost to be added, and to create a tiered effect amongst them.


Rockery planting

 I aimed the planting around aroma, appearance, and also the ability to screen the seating area from the road. I used many herbs, and plants with interesting foliage and tall flowers, as well as a tall plant in each section to prove the screen.

The bulk of the aggregates was Mellow Cotswold, creating an area that both blended with the sandstone but also stood out from it. Using moonstone (small gravel coloured white, black, and the odd one or two in red and dark blue), I edged the sandstone to make the definition of Mellow Cotswold and Sandstone clearer.         Also on the right of the main planting area I added logs and branches where the ground was concrete, and "golden gravel" on the small planting area.


Front garden From scratch

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 23:08

I've recently been rennovating a friends garden, would love to get some feedback.

We've sourced materials as cheaply as possible, and settled on a design that's both achievable and desired by the garden owner.

I've taken these photo's and will write what I was doing:



The onriginal garden

 Essentially what you see is how the garden started, with a low rockery wall where you see the dip. The whole garden is layered in bark chip, weed supressent matting, and heavy clay soil.



The design

After deciding on a practical and desirable design I drew it out with string and stakes. This helped me gauge the amount of earth works required. The bottom left is a pond, middle right is a seating area, and the lines represent new rockery walls, running through the middle of pond and seating is a walk way.



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