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Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:17

Hi All

Thanks you for your advice so far. Not much has been happening but thought I would give you an update...

We've finally heard from the landlord re what we can do and we've decided to start with extending the patio area then concentrate on the area in direct view from the window in the lounge and take it from there.

I'm building up quite a collection of plants via cuttings and from friends and family gardens (I'm too shy to approach garden centres etc for plants for free ) but have picked up some real gems from the bargain basement corners at the garden centres. So at the moment I'm feeling more enthusiastic about creating a lovely low maintanence garden.

What I would like to ask is...we thought it would be an idea to plant the area up then put down weed supressing cloth and cover it with bark to keep the weeds at bay. I know shurbs and such will be ok with this but will anything that dies down cope with this? Will it be able to grow back up thought the cloth and bark?

Thanking you all in anticipation

Can i keep deadheaded Dianthus heads to harvest seeds?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 19:18

All I did was take non flowering stems about 4 inches long,

Strip most of the leaves off leaving a bare stalk but make sure to leave about 5-6 leaves at the top and dip the bottom in a little bit of rooting power.

Put them against the wall of a pot containing multi purpose compost and cover with a clear plastic bag to keep the moisture in and leave them to do their thing.

I kept mine outside in a bright spot but not in direct sun and as I said within a week or so they began to root. 

I potted them on into individual 3" pots just over a week ago and they're doing great. Each cutting will be an individual plant. 

Give it a go. It's really easy. I've also done lots of lavander cuttings this way too. 


Can i keep deadheaded Dianthus heads to harvest seeds?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:38

I took 12 cuttings from my bright red Dianthus on 6 June this year and all of them are potted up and growing beautifully. I seem to remember they rooted withing  a week or so...believe me if I can be sucessful with cuttings like this then I'm sure anyone can do it 

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 08:09

Brilliant Dove thank you 

can anyone name this plant

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 08:07

Are all Deutzia easy to porpagate? I have deutzia pom pom and if they are pretty easy I'd take some cuttings from it to grow for my daughters garden. When & how is the best time?  

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 07:11

Morning everyone

Firstly can I say thanks again for all your offers of help and suggestions and we live in St Helens, Merseyside if anyone wants to grab a spade 

So I've had a good think about this and believe the way to start is to contact the landlord to see what we are allowed to do and find out about that membrain & how deep it is. The property belongs to a social housing association and, after speaking to some neighbours, apparently they're not too helpful with what they allow you to do which is why I want to get them on side before I do anything. Oh my word you'd think it was acres & acres we are trying to landscape here!

I agree, Charlie November, the fence down the left would look lovely covered in climbers and yes the less lawn the better!  I also like Verdun & fairygirl's idea of lots of grasses too which it just so happens I've got quite a few of after potting up lots of off shoots (or what ever they're called) from my carex buchananii earlier this year so that's a start on the grasses. I'm sure Sarah would also enjoy watching the birds feed so that's another thing I'm eager to include. 

Once I know what we can & can't do I'll concentrate on the left side of the garden as that's what Sarah can see from the house. 

So there you have it...I've made a start albeit in my head but at least it's all a little clearer now and I don't feel quite as scared as I did at the weekend  


Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 07:51

WOW! thank you all so very much for your advice and suggestions and I'm absolutely bowled over with your offers of help and support. I'm going to print all this off and hi-light suggestions of what to do first and keep it handy for reference.


We are totally aware this will be a long term project and the garden will evolve over time and that it's going to be flipping hard work! We're also aware that being a new build we WILL find lots and lots of rubbish and rubble that will hinder our progress and that we're going to have to enlist the help of family and friends to achieve the most wonderful garden possible for Sarah.


 All that said  I think  it would help further if I give you an insight into what what we need from the garden. So here goes....


Sarah's disability is such that she is unable to do anything in the garden nor is she able to give much input into it's design and what plants are in there so what she can see and smell is of the greatest importance as is the ease of maintainence. (we really don't mind maintaining the garden but when we visit we want to be spending quality time with her and not always gardening). Also we can't rely on her carers to be watering pots and deadheading plants. At the moment the paving is just around the parimeter of the house and the lawn isn't accessable for her wheelchair so it would be an idea to replace some of the lawn with paving to enable her to get nearer the plants.


As I said I've already made a start on collecting plants. So far I've got 3 lovely fatsias, about an dozen lavender plants (and taken more cuttings at the weekend), geum, delphenium, more lillies than I know what to do with and dianthus. Gosh that doesn't sound a lot considering what we have to fill   .  I'm sure I've got more plants I just can't think of them at the moment! All suggestions for other fragrant plants will be grately appreciated!


I do like the idea of a tree (depending on the size perhaps a couple of trees???) but I do remember when Sarah moved in the landlord said that as the site was built on a former landfill site there is a membrain  covering this so we can't plant anything that is likely to send roots that could potentially penetrate the membrain. Saying that the landlord has planted trees in the front gardens of the properties so the membrain can't be that shallow????  


Oh dear I'm rambling on a bit now so I'll leave it there and spend some time getting some of your ideas down on paper and I'll keep you all posted on my progress. In the meantime thank you all again and keep the suggestions coming 


Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 23:11

Yes I did it! A slight adjustment to my setting and hey presto 

Thank you Juniper81 & Sara 4 for your suggestions so far. At least now with these photos it gives you a better idea what I'm up against

This 1st photo was taken from the patio area looking down towards the bottom of the garden and is also the view Sarah has from her lounge. I think I'd like to start with this area as it is what she looks out on most of the time.


This photo was taken looking to the right of the patio across the garden 


Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 22:28
Hello everyone I really need some help and advice with creating my daughter's garden. She has lived there for 10 months and in that time I have managed to build up a small stock of plants from cuttings, division, seeds & supermarkets etc and I was so looking forward to the challenge but after spending the weekend looking at and walking around the garden in all honesty the whole thing terrifies me! I realise it's going to take time and I think the best way to tackle it is bit by bit but I don't know which bit to tackle first.

Anyway here goes... these are some of the main things I need to consider

My daughter is physically disabled and a wheelchair user

It is a new build property which is currently just lawn.

The garden is very uneven and has quite a sleep slope to one side

We don't have a huge budget

It has to be low maintenance

I'm not able to do anything major without express permission from the landlord

It's South facing

NB Grrrrrrrrr I've just spent the past 40mins trying to figure out how to post some photos but I can't post them for some reason! Anyone got any ideas why?


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 19:23

Have a look here  http://www.osteospermum.com/propagation.htm

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