Posted: 27/07/2013 at 00:49
Thank you very much for the replies everyone. Let me clarify first that I do not intend to plant Oak or any other large growning tree in the front garden. I was merely using oak as an example.
The front garden originally was covered in turf grass and I have turned with a fork 3/4 of the area and have managed to clear the roots carefully one by one. A painful job but I'd rather do it properly from the beginning rather than pay for my mistakes later.
Where i am is a nice area but then again you can never be certain now-a-days so I have taken on board the comments regarding the tree ferns. Although sad about it I have decided to not include them in the design. Will replace them with "rooted" type of ferns instead (large varieties).
I'll also stack up on slug pellets.
The design will also incoporate quite a few pieces of various sizes of stone, boulders and pebbles so that it will look like the plants are growing on a dried up river bed in a valley somewhere.
I hasve also got two large (jagged) tree stumps which after being in the centre of a balzing fire have charcoaled nicely and as a result will form a lovely background and give the place a more natural look if they were "dumped" in it and ferns and hostas had over time "naturally" grown around them.
The acer tree will not be central but instead I will follow the same rule that photographers use when taking pictures (i.e. the tree will be slightly to one side). Is Sango Kaku definitely a variety that I can't use? The front garden does get 2-3 hours of direct sun per day (in summer). Will that not be sufficient? The reason I ask is because i am very fond of that particular variety and it will add some colour to the garden especially in winter (with its bright red stems).
I have also been thinking about the ground cover problem (when the various bulb plants are dormant or have died). I think that because of the relatively small size of the garden if I use a dried river bed design with ferns and hostas scattered around it then it will still look nice even when the bulb plants are not active.
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