Posted: 27/02/2017 at 12:49
Has it been loved in the past, and what are the overgrown plants that are in it?
Down the way from us there is a property that had an amazing californian lilac, and quite a different sedum front lawn, that was amazing when it all flowered, but for the rest of the year you might never know.
Anyway, people moved in, and demolished the lot!
If someone has taken a lot of time and care over a garden, it's worth noting what is there, and what works.
It's taken me about five years to get to know my garden, and actually the best bits are probably the parts that I haven't touched.
I wanted to do my own piece in it.
I've planted too densely in places and haven't done what's suggested above and done one section at a time. Which is all good advice.
It does take some time to work out where the sun falls. You might want a morning eating/resting area and or and evening one, and they could be in totally different places in the garden.
At he beginning of the summer I crave for the sun. Come mid summer I crave for a nice shady area to retreat to.
So a good mix of areas is nice.
Get out there now before buds burst and get some photos of the scaffolding. If you have deciduous plants it could look totally different in a couple of weeks - it will close in. Bulbs may come and go, other plants may spring from the ground where you think there is nothing.
It takes no time to cut down a garden - though it takes time to clear up the spoils - but it can take many hours planting out, and waiting for things to grow.
Having said that, I planted a hedge at the beginning of last year (2 year old bare roots) that were only about 30cm/40cm, and now they are happily about a metre and half.
There's a section of the garden I planned to plant some dogwood. I turned my back and some wild dogwood had seeded and grown without any intervention from me. So there are also happy accidents.