Posted: 15/01/2013 at 10:35
The landlord is really nice and when we moved in said we could dig up whatever we wanted to make beds which is why I've felt ok about digging up the grass in the recess and expanding the existing borders. I'm reluctant to start taking up more of the lawn though because I think it's nice for kids to have a lawn (we don't have children but it is sort of a family sized house so would guess when/if we move a family might move in) and the thought that I might have to re-turf when we come to leave!
I have lots of pots on the patio (moved from a place with a terrace) and am planning on growing some veg in troughs and planters on there as well but the patio is at one side of the house and the garden is the other side so when in the garden you don't see the patio plants at all. I'm happy with the patio but less so with the garden.
Any suggestions for fast growing shrubs that will make a border look a bit more cottage garden and less structured? I have some annual seeds saved from plants from last year and will be sowing beans and sweetpeas in amongst the hedging but it looked a little stark last year so need some more oomph I think.
I think I will also put a couple of larger pots on the grass and just repair in the autumn.
(The flower beds I have put in the recess are the same level as the grass was so shouldn't cause a problem with any possible damp proofing and I split the beds with a gravel path so as not to potentially block the air brick with soil).
Thank you for your help and sorry for the questions, I find it quite hard to see in my head what should happen!