Posted: 07/12/2015 at 19:34
So glad I found this thread! I have just had a garden 'makeover.' I moved in April to a house with one of the ugliest back gardens I've ever seen! Concrete City plus walls and rectangular block pond covered with red floor paint!
It is all multi-levels with high raised borders and small rockery at the top. I have posted pics. Garden is now transformed with pale gravel, a paved area at the top, and two raised beds - one L shaped and the other very small with raised deck next to it (pic to follow.) Soil is sandy and light - covering a layer of upside down turfs over rubble in the little bed. Any suggestions re plants? I've been advised to be careful re size of plants for the small bed and to maybe use a colour theme (say blue/pink/white.) Garden gets morning sun and the raised beds face east.
One query before I finish this rather long post - the levels of gravel are retained with new pine sleepers. My first instinct was to colour them dark brown to contrast with the putty colour gravel but my garden 'installer' says they will weather. Presumably this will be that rather lovely greyish colour - I can't stand toffee colour pine (the iinside of the house was full of it!) Any idea how long it would take for the sleepers to weather? Once I paint them I can't change my mind and wish I'd waited. (Yes, I am rather impatient!) photos won't load - will keep trying!