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Small garden needs help

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 14:14

Jessie - if you like minimalist, then I'd clear most of that out.

Cue - loads of people throwing up their hands in horror! For a small space, less is more. Use a group of statement plants (evergreen) for the back corner or along the back wall,  which work together, and then have your 'hot' flowers in large matching pots or containers for spring through to autumn when the structural group will take over. You could add a big pot , a statue or something similar to give a nice view from the house. If the camellia's happy and you like it, use that as a starting point for the evergreen group, and the bay tree makes a nice feature too.

The mistake most people make with small spaces is to use lots of small fiddly plants and it just looks messy and jarring. Have your area for growing food and herbs linked to the rest of the area by having matching hard materials - a timber edge to match your deck for instance. It's hard to make that simple by the very nature of it, so don't try - just keep it in tune with the rest.   I'd take the paving away and use gravel. You can tie that in to the overall colour scheme too. That leaves lots of options for seating and dining whether in sun or shade. For impact with your brighter plants - put three matching containers together along the edge of the deck. They will be a minimalist statement in themselves and you can simply plant them up for seasonal interest. If you want extra colour, use the verticals as you're already doing, but again, just tie in the materials you use with the rest. Keep hard landscaping materials to two or three types. You have a nice walls, you have decking , so the rest of the space should be one type of material.

Hope that's of some help and interest. Don't keep anything you don't like, or if it doesn't work for your space and the time you have available.  


shaded corner bush

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 13:46

Quickest growing would be something like Laurel but it's not very exciting. Do you see the area from the seat, or is the empty space the actual bit you sit in? You might be better putting up a little arbour or a simple screen of trellis round the seat, for growing climbers. That way, you could have some scent near you as well. If it's just screening you need, hedging plants like the Laurel, or even Privet, might be the best way to block the gap and you could plant something more attractive in front of them, but bear in mind that anything fast growing will need some trimming and maintenance after a period of time.


How to store lily bulbs

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:07

I'd plant them in some pots and leave them outside in a sheltered place for over wintering. That way, if you still don't have a place for them when they start into growth, you can put them in among other plants in borders, still in their pots, or have them as part of a display on a patio etc behind other pots. For a ready made display, you can also just put the pots inside a fancier pot - so no need to take them out and replant. 



Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:55

I must admit, I have no knowledge of allotments, but I was quite surprised any livestock were allowed to live permanently on allotments at all, partly because of the issues of responsibility, but mainly the problem of attracting foxes and other predators,  especially with something like chickens. Captive audience and all that....

Small garden needs help

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:46

Hi Jessie. Small spaces are often the hardest to design as it's difficult to stop them looking fussy - every plant has to earn it's keep. What sort of style do you like? It's your space so it's important that you like it. Do you like a bright flowery look or do you want something more formal,with structure to carry on throughout the whole year. You can have both but you have to pick plants carefully. The first pic has come out well but the others are a bit tricky to get a good impression of the planting, although it looks like you have a fairly large shrub like a Choisya there.

If you can give some ideas of favourite colours etc and the aspect that will help too. Looks like you get a good bit of sun but it will help if you can tell us what time of day you get it most 

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 09:13

If this is to retain a lawn then it needs to be solid and durable as Dave says. I understand when you say cost is a factor, but if you skimp on this it will need constant repair and will ultimately need redoing thoroughly. I'd leave the slope until you can afford to do a proper job that won't need further maintenance. Sleepers are the easiest if you want to avoid any mortaring - you can lay them on top of each other - although it would be best to concrete some posts in first and secure them to that. 


Posted: 05/10/2014 at 08:45

Morning all. So sorry to hear that Stacey. Hope your strong  fighting spirit and determination see you through this. Meanwhile, as Dove says, we'll be here to offer some support.

Hope you've had a lovely holiday KEF. Chilly here too but I'm refusing to succumb to the heating apart from the odd half hour  

Off for a quick look round before I go out. It's dry at the moment...hope it stays that way.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:43

I'd have thought that any responsible chicken owner would be there every day to see that their 'livestock' were alright, but then again,I've seen the way many animal owners behave... 

Is there a 'higher authority' you can speak to philippa?

Baby hedgehog

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:08

End of the season thoughts

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:03

Sod's law pansyface - which is quite ironic since you're digging!  

Bob - I like digging and doing heavy work when it's cooler too - only problem is that the cold here is usually accompanied by horizontal rain ...

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