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Hi I'm looking for some help/ideas moved into a new house last year. We've done the garden out the front and every one that walks past says that it look beautiful and picturesque instead of being the only house down our street that hasn't been looked after. We have a very small garden out the back and it smells really strange out there any tips for something very scented. 


  • I think we need to know more about your garden ... which way it faces, what the soil is like, how much shelter there is, do you have walls/fences for climbers?

    That way we’ll be able to suggest something, or a combination of somethings, that’ll ‘improve the ambience’ out there.

    A photo or two would be good ... ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ and all that 😊

    Have you any idea where the odd smell is coming from? 

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

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,134
    Yes - I think it's important to detect the source of the pong @gem82.parsons. It would be a shame to remodel the whole hting and then find there's a problem with the drains and it all has to get dug up again  :#
    If you can give us an idea of likes and dislikes, we can offer better plant suggestions though. Also - what sort of look do you like - formal, cottagey, shrubs rather than perennials etc. Amount of time for maintenance, do you need/want a play area or washing line too. That sort of thing is very important.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,931
    edited September 2019
    The sort of flowers with scent that carries on the air tend to need warmth for the scent to be ‘activated’ ... so identifying sunny spots will be good.

    The evergreen shrub Sarcococcus confusa (Sweet Box) will grow best in shade but if the sun strikes it on a sunny winters day the perfume is amazing.

     I first smelt it on a January day by Tower Bridge in London a long time ago and I’ve never forgotten it ... getting the right spot is soo worth it.

    I’ve got one by my front door and the perfume when the sun gets round to that spot on a winter afternoon is wonderful. ❤️

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

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,307
    There's a part of my garden that sometimes has an unpleasant strange smell by a big rhododendron - I'm pretty sure it's foxes as my dog always shows a keen interest.
    As suggested above - best to try and find the cause of the smell if possible
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  •  it's like an L-shape. All these plant have been moved in to the front garden.
  • My husband think it smells like dog per from next door.
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