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Posted: 26/08/2013 at 23:48

A few other questions I have are:

What sort of accessories do I need with the lights (transformers, cable, etc)? Can these lights (considering their low voltage) be plugged in a socket inside the house or do they need to be connected to a separate fuse in the fuse box?


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 23:04

I need a few outside lights for my front garden but am not sure which one and where to get them from.

One light needs to be a projector type one that will be installed at the base of an acer tree and prject the light upwards so that the tree only is illuminated. The acer is around 7 foot tall with a foot tall main trunk out of which several sturdy branches grow upwards. I dont think I will need a powerful light for this?

The rest of the garden will be covered in bluebells, snowdrops, and ferns. Is there some sort of lights which project the light horizontally at ground level? Something which produces a kind of foggy murky light?

The idea in my mind is for the acer to have the brighter light going upwards (as a focal point) and a few patches around the garden will have a softer dimmer light so as not to distract from the focal point.

Anyone know what I need and where is the best place to get it from?


Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 22:38

I bought a couple of Redcurrants from B&Q this year and luckily planted them on a big pot rather than the ground. To my horror a few weeks after repotting them a nasty Mare's Tail popped up. Suffice to say I did pluck it about 3 times and it never came up again. It was a young shoot so I must have been lucky as well as lucky that I didnt plant it in the ground. Suffice to say that the redcurrant will never be planted in the ground.

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 22:30

Do the greenhouses need to be cleaned or is that an optional choice? I never thought that a greenhouse frame would be a breeding ground for bacteria.

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 23:02

I'll have a look at Celandine family and see what varietyies are not invasive. Seems like a nice plant and reminds me of my tropical aquarium in which I had a plant called Riccia which formed a lovely lush carpet.

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 00:25

This may be a long shot but does anyone know what the plant that covers the ground in the photo below is called?


English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 23:46

Ok, no weed suppressant membrane. Lilly of the valley is also off the list due to it being quite poisonous and invading plant. I have two little daughters who are in the phase of "picking flowers" and I have no intention of putting them at risk of poisoning. When they grow up enough to understand I may add some pots of lily of the valley (but have no intention of planting it in the garden soil).

Have ordered the Sango Kaku acer (shown in the link in the first post) and also 8 pots (2l) of evergreen ferns. Will add more varieties of ferns as I go along.

The english bluebells, crocus and snow drops should arrive around Aug-Sep period.

Two questions:

1. Does anyone know when hostas go on offer?

2. Does any one know a good (service and price) place where to buy pebbles, cobbles and boulders (rounded ones with which to create the riverbed)?

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 17:05

Bergenias sound like a good option for a bit of colour in winter.


Should I use some anti weed cloth as well? If so is there a specific one that is recommended? I did read somewhere that the anti weed fleece can sometimes "suffocate" the soil and kill any good bacteria in it.

English forest design for front garden.

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.


End of essay


English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 21:50

At the front of my house I have a small garden which measures 7 x 4 metres (23 x 13 feet). It is a North facing garden which means that in the summer months the front of it gets partial sunshine (the west facing fence gets sunshine in the late afternoon for a few hours.

I intend to strip the grass and other weeds from it first before planting. I have tried to turn the soil with a spade and sift throgh it by hand removing the grass and other roots which is taking quite a long time. I feared that if I used  a rotivator all it will do is break the roots into smaller pieces and they would sprout again at the first opportunity. Am I right thinking this?

In terms of design I have thought to plant the whole surface with hundreds of bulbs, then plant a few scattered tree ferns (in a non symetrical way) and maybe one tree as a focal point. In each corner I'm thinking of planting clusters of various ferns.

The plants I intend to use include:

Bluebells, snowdrops, lily of the valley, crocus

Hostas, various ferns, tree ferns

In terms of the focal tree an oak one would have been nice to create a proper English forest look but I do realise that it would be overkill considering the size of the front garden.


I am quite keen on using an Acer Palmatum Sango Kaku:

I am aware though that it may be more suitable for a Japanese garden so thought to ask people's ideas regarding using it? Would it "fit in" with the rest of the plants being used? Or would it look too much out of place?


Any thoughts are appreciated.


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