Softening a formal suburban garden
Onyfal Posts: 5
Like many people this year I have left my flat in the city to buy a traditional suburban house and a labrador. OK, probably not the labrador but definitely a dog of some kind! I imagine the previous owners having amazing cocktail parties on the deck but its a little too formal for my taste. How do I build on what is already there but make it feel softer and less structured?
Of course it depends on where you are and what the weather and orientation of the plot is so you know where is the sunny and shady sides before deciding on plants. So much to think about but what a great opportunity to make it into a living space not just a bunch of plastic and hard landscaping.
Do you want flowers or a veg patch maybe ? Something easy to look after or something involving a bit more work ? Is it sunny or shady ?
I know, so many questions
Personally, l would have a think about what you would like, maybe look at sites such as Pinterest to get some ideas and draw up a mood board. That's a strong if simple design, do you want to keep the straight lines ?
Remember, you have plenty of time.
A garden is a long term thing and now you're in a "proper home" you can really make it your own.
And finally, welcome to the forum, you've come to the right place for advice 🙂
I would like a veg patch but its probably not practical with a dog and wildlife coming in from the woods. There are raised beds around the deck so I was thinking scented but drought resistent plants like lavender instead of the faux topiary balls and I would like climbing roses on the house.
I just cant work out what to do with the "lawn" area as it takes up all of the available planting space and I feel like cutting strips around the outside will be unsatisfying. The straight lines are not what I would normally go for but it does work with the modern house so I'm thinking about cutting a different shaped bed into each corner. When I have the shape right I can replace the astroturf.
I am looking for an older dog not a puppy, there are two reputable adoption charities near me that provide ongoing advice, support and even commnunity events which would be great for me as a first time dog owner.
Since dogs never keep off the garden anyway (one glimpse of a cat or a squirrel and all bets are off), I would rip up the turf and create one massive flower bed with a winding path through it, culminating in a lovely hidden bench somewhere. The decking I'd plan to pull up or at least reduce, but in the meantime you could put an array of flowerpots /planters on there.
Good luck with your doggydoption. There's nothing better you could do.