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Ideas for a garden with a trampoline?

WibblyWobblyWooWibblyWobblyWoo Posts: 6
edited April 2021 in Garden design
Hello

I'd love to hear some ideas or maybe you know where I can look for inspiration please? We've moved into a lovely home with a 'garden' of fake grass and a deck, there are no flower borders.  We also have a trampoline that won't be going anywhere for a long time.  It's NE facing and the south and west wall get a lot of sun in summer.  I'm a bit stumped as to how to make it a prettier more relaxing space.  Should I plant some trees in flower pots or rip out the deck?  Can I plant trees in flower pots? I just really don't know how to start and the few flower pots that I've put in will look a bit sad when the spring bulbs die.




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  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    edited April 2021
    Pity your neighbours there is a good idea here.
     https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1052659/recycling-trampoline-to-a-greenhouse

    I'm sorry but trampolines should be the subject of planning permission but I'm afraid with such a large structure you will struggle to make your garden 'pretty'

    You can buy  annual flower plants for your pots but most are frost tender so they are normally planted out late May.
    B &M or supermarkets will have them if you aren't near a garden centre.

    Some trees are possible in large pots but you need to be aware of where they cast a shadow. 




  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,266
    edited April 2021
    It would be possible to dig underneath the trampoline and sink it into the earth but it would be a big job and you'd have to get rid of the dug out soil. In such a small garden and such a big trampoline, it's impossible to disguise it - sorry
    I would be inclined to explain to your child (ren) that it's too big fo r the new garden and you're sorry it's got to go. The sky won't fall in if they don't have one, they are a fairly modern invention after all.
  • K67 said:
    Pity your neighbours there is a good idea here.
     https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1052659/recycling-trampoline-to-a-greenhouse

    I'm sorry but trampolines should be the subject of planning permission but I'm afraid with such a large structure you will struggle to make your garden 'pretty'

    You can buy  annual flower plants for your pots but most are frost tender so they are normally planted out late May.
    B &M or supermarkets will have them if you aren't near a garden centre.

    Some trees are possible in large pots but you need to be aware of where they cast a shadow. 




    It's difficult though..we also inherited a garden with trampoline..it took me 5 years to convince my children theyd grown out of it! I ended up replacing it with a wildlife pond which they now love more I think (and I definitely do!). Good luck whatever you decide!
  • TenNTenN Posts: 121
    Our trampoline is huge too and I hate the sight of it but the way my daughter laughs when she's on it is more important than any aesthetic. Looks like you've got the perfect fence for climbers so why not go up rather than out?
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,900
    edited April 2021
    Trampolines are such great exercise for the kids, and perfect for when they are driving you crazy indoors.  Do make sure you have it secured down somehow, as a strong wind will lift them up and cause a lot of damage to your home or the neighbors.  

    I would move it up closer to the house and against the fence, rather than in the middle of the space.  Build yourself some raised beds using sleepers or something the kids can walk on (because they will).  The beds can go directly on the fake turf.  Get rid of either the bristo table and chairs or the larger table in back.. not really space for both.  Make the deck a retreat for adults with comfortable patio furniture that can double as eating space.  Maybe have the table pushed up against the fence with a line of pots down the middle.. that can quickly be cleared and moved for meal outside.  
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  • Thank you for the tips.   I don't actually mind the sight of the trampoline at all, what I mind is the rest of the garden that is so sterile, I really have a very blank canvas.  I'll try some creepers and height and yes, I need to get rid of the bulky garden furniture. 
  • Jack1974Jack1974 WhitstablePosts: 55
    Hi all. We're looking at getting a sunken trampoline like the attached. Has anyone done this? Such a problem solver for rank looking trampoline's! Not cheap, but could be a solution for some.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,735
    My grandkids soon got fed up with the ruddy great trampoline as with everything else. What about a rebounder with handle some fold to nothing. I was thinking of getting one. Yes pots,but a few really big ones, actually make space seem bigger. Trees,what about edibles
  • Jack1974 said:
    Hi all. We're looking at getting a sunken trampoline like the attached. Has anyone done this? Such a problem solver for rank looking trampoline's! Not cheap, but could be a solution for some.
    Oooh I’d love one of those but they’re pricey. £thousands instead of £hundreds.  
  • My grandkids soon got fed up with the ruddy great trampoline as with everything else. What about a rebounder with handle some fold to nothing. I was thinking of getting one. Yes pots,but a few really big ones, actually make space seem bigger. Trees,what about edibles
    Thank you for the tip about the size of the pots, I didn’t know that.  
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