Transforming a challenging garden
Hi everyone! I have been overwhelmed by the helpfulness of the gardeners on this forum and hope you can all help me with a very big and challenging project. My family have finally bought our own home with a substantial garden, about half an acre. The previous owners weren’t really gardeners so there are some things planted but not all that I want to keep. Here are the details:
- Wall on the north side and flattish area where it gets full sun (thinking of vegetables/cut flowers/greenhouse here)
- Shaded by large conifers on the south side
- Huge natural clay pond which dominates the garden, currently planted all around with trees/shrubs as it is quite steeply sloped.
- Flat area on the east side, gets full sun, but is exposed to prevailing wind. Just past this it slopes down towards the pond.
- Narrow path goes around the west side of the pond.
- Clay soil, not sure about acidity but I don’t see any acidic loving plants in the garden.
My vision is that this whole garden would pretty much be planted up in 5 years time. I think the full sun areas would be best for vegetables/herbaceous flowers, and the areas closer to the pond be more natural wildlife areas, but I am keen to hear any ideas. What would you do to tackle such an unusual plot? I’m particularly concerned about the wind so any ideas for windbreaks would be welcome.