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  • B3B3 Posts: 26,979
    Perhaps rather than mentioning size, you could call it a town or a suburban garden. These are usually  on the small side.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,979
    Gardening without a greenhouse would be interesting - seeds you can sow in trays or pots outside -overwintering -  that kind of thing.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3 said:
    Gardening without a greenhouse would be interesting - seeds you can sow in trays or pots outside -overwintering -  that kind of thing.
    Ooh, good question. That's definitely going on the list.
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,299
    I would agree with both the suggestions: how to accommodate the necessities (washing line, shed/storage, recycling bins) etc., and growing w/o a greenhouse (or indeed, much room indoors). 
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,000
    edited February 2019
    @Catherine Mansley welcome to nitpickers corner 

    I think the point is to ask questions that may be relevant to someone with limited space. Like the one B3 just asked. Rather than a having to conform to a qualifying criterion on the size of your garden. 

    Mine is which specimen small tree would you recommend for a south facing courtyard? It can be in the ground or a large pot. But there is nowhere to take it indoors for winter protection.
    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,065
    People often ask on here about climbers to grow in containers or where they don't have much planting space, and about planting to give them privacy.  Maybe something on small garden boundaries and screening in small gardens would be good - climbers to cover fences where there's little/no soil, hedges that can be kept narrow, other ways of providing privacy from being overlooked by neighbours, etc.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,238
    edited February 2019
    Yes, we often have questions about screening and privacy planting. We are also regularly asked about specimen large shrub / small tree for small gardens which provide year round interest.

    On a personal level, I would be interested to learn more about which (potentially large) shrubs respond well & still look good if they are pruned to restrict size in a confined or over planted space. 

    Also combination planting - eg growing clematis through roses or spring flowering shrubs to prolong the season of interest .
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267
    I'd like to plant a hedge at the top of my garden 'small', the space is about 7 to 8ft long. I'd like the hedge to be evergreen but have some interest so possibly have different plants along the hedge which are suitable for hedging but go well together and grow at a similar rate if that's possibly. I'd like to know how far apart would the plants need to be and how often would the hedge need to be cut. What ground prep would be needed. Just to add to the mix hedging which is wildlife friendly would be nice, hedging with berries/flowers.         
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267
    I also have a tarmac path with slightly raised edging. I'd like plants to cascade over the edging to soften the path any suggestions. 
  •  Hi I have a query. I have a lot of bluebells growing in my garden whilst I really love them I'm finding that my plants don't flourish where they have been growing. The question is do bluebells affect the soil? 
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