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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

Looking for some advice on growing plants from cuttings please??

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 20:16

Lavender is really easy to propogate...even I have managed to grow lots of plants from cuttings! Just type in How To Take Lavender Cuttings in the search bar at the top of the page you'll find a step by step guide. Good luck

Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 18:00

I bought two Rhodes from Morrisons last year and planted them in pots and they've more than doubled in size and have flowered beautifully this year. I also bought an Azelia which has grown really well but no flowers yet but not sure if it's flowering time for that yet anyway? 

Dahlia grown from seed

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:45

Hello again Alina. Good to see you're still here on the forum 

I've pinched out all the tops and put them outside so hopefully that'll do the trick.

Thank you 

Dahlia grown from seed

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 17:31

Thank you fidgetbones


Dahlia grown from seed

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 13:53

I've grown dahlia from seed and they all look very healthy but do seem to be quite leggy.

I've grown them in the conservatory where it does get very hot when when the sun shines. Would it help if I pinched them out? Or should I move them outside into the plastic mini green house?

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