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After finally getting the top 2 tiers landscaped I am at a complete loss what to do with our affectionally named "cheese triangle slice".

It currently has narrow path with wide borders either side.

Hopefully in one of the pictures you can see the steps that have been put in I am in favour of building in front of the grey stone wall infront of the grass and am thinking it will need at least 2 terraces here with elongated steps.

Any thoughts and suggestions would be gratefully recieved - I

dont wish to use sleepers, thanks Terri



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,157

    Oooh!  What a perfect site for a rockery ... if you made the path meander just a bit around a large rock it could be fab

    The sort of thing I'm thinking of is a bit like the one on the sloping site next to the garage a little way down this site 

    What's the budget ... you could even have a water feature ... a little stream trickling down into a small pool ................................... I'm getting very excited ................ our garden's pretty flat ............... 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    As Dove says , an excellent site for a rockery ; one thing I would do is remove  (what looks like) the Picea albertiana 'Conica' , the largish conifer . One section has been hacked away or shaded out at some stage , and it will never recuperate on that side .

  • TeriiTerii Posts: 4

    Ohh thank you for ideas - yes the conifer has been like that since we lived here I took a load of ivy off it and its still entwined so its no good - I understand the roots are troublesome though on them

    Im trying to avoid a rockery - as on the right hand slope by fence and along I'm planning on using the huge stones there, however, I will give it some thought as to be honest I was thinking more flat but meandering path is tempting and something I would never have thought off

    Im thinking of a seating area somewhere  to break up the slope, take a breath and take in the view

    I have a pond on the lower patio tier which is in front of the steps as you look up the garden - the soil is clay and the sun is there most of the day

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,157

    Most conifer roots are fairly shallow ... I suggest taking the branches off and using the trunk as a lever to rock the tree ... my bet is that it'll come out pretty easily then.  image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I'd make a stream. Alternatively some tiered raised beds. Done properly it would look very effective. You don't need to use bulky sleepers. You could use gravel board and leave a small gap in between the horizontal boards for trailing plants to semi-disguise the wooden structure.

    Just a thought.


    Last edited: 08 August 2017 16:42:53

  • TeriiTerii Posts: 4

    Im pleased to read the conifer tree's roots will not be bad  - I took advice on here I had read about someones laurels and they are coming on a treat. image

    Im after making this a safer area for all and planting some treesimage

    Raised beds sound good - Im so looking forward to planting bye the way anyone have any idea what the tall yellow plant is please second pic down? It was planted a couple of years ago and first time its got this high

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    From that view , could be a late flowering Verbascum ??

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    Sorry , definitely a Verbascum ; didn't see the main flower spike . They are normally biennials !

  • TeriiTerii Posts: 4

    Thankyou  - can I get seeds from it?

    Also, have now removed the 2 trees - have a better view of the area now

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    Verbascums normally appear anywhere in your garden , a bit like foxgloves . Seed can be collected and sown anytime .

    Being biennial , they grow the first year and flower the second . A bit late now for next years flowering , maybe grow in pots for first year whilst you are renovating your garden ?

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