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Small tree/shrub ideas

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 08:01

Thanks for the suggestions, I shall try and head to a garden centre and have a look at some different varieties!

Small tree/shrub ideas

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 17:33

I'm in need of some suggestions for my north facing front garden. We moved in over the summer and are starting to get to grips with the house so want to get on with the garden.

At the moment we have two unidentified weeping trees out there which don't seem to produce any flowers or berries, and the foliage so far hasn't changed colour. Our neighbour tells us she has never seen them look any different. 

I would like to swap them for something that adds a bit more value, ideally something that produces berries for the birds. If the foliage is nicely coloured and it blossoms all the better. However they can't get too high - one is in front of the lounge window, although it is a sloping garden so at the moment is 5-6' and not blocking the light much. Taller would be okay if it was something that isn't too dense and lets light through but stops us looking straight out onto our neighbours.

I've looked online a bit and cotoneaster looks like a possibility but was hoping others might have some suggestions for compact shrubs or trees that fit the bill.

Thanks in advance. 

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:15

Thanks for the welcome. Big move in should be Tues, going to try and do more in the garden over the next few days while still have work going on inside. Never knew how excited I was going to get to have a garden (or compost heap) until this week!!

Raised bed ideas

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 19:20

Lol, just signed up for crocus and on the first page I then came to was a big link to butterfly and bee attractors. I hadn't heard of the site before so will take a look around. The wish list sounds great too, might wait until I have something to offer in return or I'd feel a bit cheeky!

I do have a bit of a dilemma around roses, as virtually the only livings plants we have are roses. They're beautiful but very thorny and madam also has balance issues so not a great idea unless I can figure out how to put a buffer between the lawn and them.

I have been toying with popping some of the more ornamental veggies like some of the lettuces in beds with flowers, don't mind mixing things up a bit.

So sweet of you to be excited for me! I know my nan is delighted, but as the daughter of a head gardener on an old estate she was raised into gardening (not too keen on these new fangled ideas and plants she's not seen before though, bless her)

Raised bed ideas

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:57

Thanks for your replies. I am stupidly excited by having a garden at last, and got a bit too enthusiastic about getting a compost bin and starting it off today!

Overall I veer towards the cottage garden look rather than anything too formal, but think it would look odd in a small 1970s estate garden. At the bottom we have a shed with a space next to it that will home little 'un's wendy house. There should be enough space for a little patch between the two for her to grow some easy to raise flowers and veg. She sowed some lupins today, pack said sowing ok in July so hoping they are a bit forgiving. I'm also planning on growing some veg in containers.

For the main part of the garden I need fairly low maintenance and love structural plants with attractive foliage and flowers. My daughter has vision and hearing problems so I want to make it quite a sensory experience, lots of colour, contrast, scents and textures.

This raised bed is really for my enjoyment as I stand at the sink, but will also be pretty stimulating for her. I checked the seeds and they're a mix of annual, biannual and perennial. The Phacelia tanetifolia looks great, can see already that I'm going to need a diary to write down what I should be planting when!

I have inherited a couple of planters with herbs in (mostly colonised by grass though) so have thyme and mint already. I love the idea of more herbs, especially so conveniently located. I'm going to have to start a proper shopping list.

Thanks for all the ideas!

Raised bed ideas

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 21:34

That's a very good question, I think they are perennials but not sure. The packets are round at the house. I'll check tomorrow. I know one of them definitely suggested they could be sown in the autumn.

Raised bed ideas

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 18:37

Hi, I've been reading the posts in this Topic group with interest and am looking for advice. Having just bought a house I am trying to figure out what to do with the neglected south facing garden. 

I have a couple of packs of wildflower seeds I was given that I would love to use but wasn't sure where to try sowing them. Then today I cleared a small raised bed that was choked by weeds and it dawned on me that as it's outside the kitchen window it might be a nice place to put them to try and attract wildlife.

We're not living there yet so working from memory I'm estimating it at 6ft wide, 2-3ft deep and height of 3-4ft although not sure how deep the soil goes.

Does this sound like a goer or is it too small/too sunny/is there something I'm not considering that means it isn't workable? I was also thinking of using other established plants and/or small shrubs in the same bed.

I'd be grateful for any advice or suggestions on this as I have loads of ideas for the garden but as this is my first I'm low on knowledge about practicality!

Thanks for reading. TC

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 17:43

Hi everyone, I've been reading some posts over the last week or so but thought rather than just lurking I should say hello and introduce myself.

I'm down on the coast in Devon and in need of lots of info about gardening right now! A couple of weeks ago hubby and I finally bought a house, and for the first time in my life I'm the proud owner of a garden. The house and garden were both in a right state, so not moved in yet but we're making inroads into both. 

I was brought up helping my mum and nan doing their gardens, but mostly just following instructions so while I know a bit I'm basically a beginner. 

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Small tree/shrub ideas

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