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Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 12:44
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Look out for reduced price shrubs which have already flowered, that way your budget will stretch further and next year you will have a lovely display. Plant asap and feed and water unless the plants are going into new top soil in which case feed is un-necessary. Before you plant, boost the original soil with as much horse/farmyard manure as you can get and double dig it in. When you have planted your shrubs make sure you mulch with composted bark or grass cuttings from your new lawn (leave to dry out for a few days before using) a 3inch mulch will help to keep water in and weed seeds out. There are some great no-nonsense gardening books...'Gardening in Pyjamas' is one to look out for.

Just a quick update on our progress....we've just got back from holiday so not much has happened in the garden but I've finished reading gardening in pyjamas and finally feel like i've a bit of a clue about what I need to do. It's a fantastic book for beginners and has really helped me plan what to do. This weekend is all about sorting out the soil - ph testing and trench digging (they are phrases I didn't know a few weeks ago) and then leave it all to settle for a few weeks whilst I finalise my plants research.

Thanks so much for the great book recommendation!!

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 15:37

Sorry, another question re planning - would you recommend I plant shrubs now or wait until the spring? or does it depend on the shrub??

Thanks

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:28

Thanks for all of your help. The garden is north east facing so the left hand side gets quite a bit of sun and the right hand side is mostly shade. I've attached a picture so that you can see - we went for a fairly plain design as it made laying the new turf a lot easier with straight lines!! You can't really see the right hand side board but it is pretty mucy a straight line up to the house. There was an old bay tree (I think!) left behind on the right and an apple tree on the letf so we are working around them.

I'll got to the garden centre this weekend to get a ph kit and let you know what I find. Thanks again for all of the help - I've been watching gardeners world and reading the mag but a lot of it is a bit too advanced for a complete beginner like me!!

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Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 14:27

Thanks for the quick responses. We are in North London and have clay soil. I'm not sure about the ph but will have a look at the neighbours tonight. All i've spotted in their garden so far is roses.

The garden is well sheltered and the sunny bed gets about 8 hours of sun in the summer. One the shaded side, one end doesn't get any sun (this is where we want one shrub) and the other end gets a couple of hours a day. As it is quite a small garden I think more formal (and easy to maintain) so was thinking of a few shrubs in each boarder and then some daffs and snowdrops, and winter roses have also been recommended. Hopefully that will help!!

Gardening is very new to me as this is my first property but it's really exicting (albeit a bit overwhelming) to have a complete blank canvas!!

Thanks

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 12:49

Hi all,

I have bought a house which had a patch of mud as a garden. We've now laid sleepers for beds, decking and the new grass and I need to start planning the beds. As a newby to gardening (i've managed some pots but that's about it!!) i'm looking for any suggestions as to where to start. I think we need about 5 shrubs for the borders and 3 will be in shade and 2 in full sun. We are thinking blues and reds but perhaps that's not very imaginative!!

Any suggestions would be most welcome!!

Thanks

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