Latest posts by Fairygirl

Low lying evergreen cover

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 13:48

If you want something straightforward, you could use Euonymous. It'll give you an evergreen low hedge which you can prune or leave depending on the look you like. 

If you want a more varied look, a few more details will help, as Dove says.

For instance, are there any colours or styles you like ?  Do you have lots of time to spend in the garden or do you need a simple solution? 

From bunk bed to raised bed

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 13:43

Dove - perhaps we should send all the spammers a link to this one so that they can see what they should be doing with all their old toss!  

Great stuff pompey - don't forget to give it some outdoor paint as it'll be softwood and a bit vulnerable to the old British weather. What are you going to put in it?

Beechgrove has started

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 13:38

BL will be delighted at seeing Mr B in his rubber.....

Nae dugs Hosta....

Plants for shaded area

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 19:17

Ahem - Hosta...I did mention you....

Daunting large garden and where to start

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:36

If you type  Garden Pictures 2015 into the search box at the top of the page, you'll find last year's picture thread Carl. The current one won't have as much on it yet. It's called Garden Pictures 2016 if you want a look at that one too. 

New build house waterlogged garden - clay soil

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:25

dudeni - it's not much consolation I know, but it's such a common problem, and rarely a week goes by without someone with the same issue.

I'd agree with Dave - you'll be fighting it constantly. You can improve areas to plant into, adn there are plants which will cope well enough,  but grass needs good drainage and light to be half way decent. 

RIP Ronnie Corbett

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:20

Lyn - couldn't agree more. Wonderful memories  

Plants for shaded area

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:18

It's a very narrow border Natalie, so it's a bit more limited, but there's plenty of things which will be happy there. Perennials - Astilbe, Japanese Anemones, Hostas, Geraniums (the hardy ones, not Pelargoniums)  Pulmonarias, Dicentras, Pulsatillas, Heucheras and Tiarellas for starters. Some evergreens to give a bit of background and structure - Pachysandra (low growing) prostrate Gaultherias and some of the variegated Carexes. They'll give you a foil for the other plants. 

There are annuals which are happy in shade too - Busy Lizzies in particular - so you could add those for summer. Spring bulbs planted this autumn among those will add some early colour. Crocus, snowdrops and anemones will all be fine there. 

You could add some sweet peas for summer - they will do well enough with a bit of shade. Clematis for the fence is a great idea - take a look at Taylor's online site and you'll find loads for that aspect. The alpinas might suit you as they're early and need no pruning. You could then add one or two for summer/autumn depending on how much room you have. 

RIP Ronnie Corbett

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:08

That's what all the headlines will be Steve. Couldn't be anything else really. 

The Two Rons back together eh? 

"I know my place" ....brilliant


Daunting large garden and where to start

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 12:42

Give yourself a bit of time there Carl. Until you have shelter in there, plants will struggle to grow, so get some hedging plants on the side of the prevailing wind - your left side I think, if I've understood correctly.

You can also divide the space up using hedging to make little micro climates within the area. Think of the big National Trust gardens which have garden 'rooms' within the plot. What you use for hedging is down to what time you have for maintenance. that way, you can create beds and borders which will work. 

Don't worry about getting everything done right now. It's a process. Get the basics in and then have a think about what you need from the area. Have a look at different threads here re plants - we have a thread for our garden pictures and you may see some styles and plants you like. No point planting random stuff unless you know it will do well where you put it - it's a waste of time and money - so read as much as you can about plants and shrubs, so that you get an understanding of how they grow.

If you're new to gardening, it can seem very confusing, so do a bit at a time and keep asking questions  

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