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We're you at it in the 70's?!

Even though my earliest memories are of the 90's we absolutely love the 70's and 80's. We are slowly 'doing up' a house that was built in the 70's then 'modernised' (terribly) in the 2000's. We're currently renovating, decorating, restoring - all with a nod to the decade in which the house was designed.
We'd really like to extend this thinking to at least some of the garden. We're looking for the gardening equivalent to prawn cocktail, chicken Kiev and arctic roll all washed down with a Pina Colada. We'd love to know what plants were a must for the gardener of the 70's - please share your thoughts and memories!!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,100
    Conifers and heathers. Check out Adrian Bloom of Bressingham’s book Gardening with Conifers ... especially the bits referring to the 60/70s. 

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

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,934
    Mophead Hydrangeas
    Dwarf conifers and heathers
    Hybrid Tea Roses
    Floribunda Roses
    Roses Peace and Iceberg were in many gardens

    Happy days :)

    Good luck with your project!

    Arctic roll - it was the only thing at school they served that was edible 

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,562
    Vile ,naff, gaudy bedding displays are my memories of the 70s
    and " dwarf ( which rarely stayed that way) conifers and heathers as @Dovefromabove mentioned
  • ElferElfer Posts: 329
    edited May 2021
    All I remember is lawns & roses 😂
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 3,038
    Sorry @BrodieP - I can't help you as I'm only 27 ;)
    East Lancs
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,496
    Stripy dahlias
    Anything municipal like red salvia with a canna stuck up in the middle of it .
    Cobalt blue garden furniture. This was more 80s but cutting edge at the end of the 70s
    Uncomfortable pub benches 
    Beans growing up tent things
    Marijuana . Grow near kerria. Looked similar enough
    Pampas grass ( don't go there) but the height of sophistication
    Low growing conifers

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,597
    My Grandad had what he called dinnerplate dahlias, and my Nan used to plant an edging of alternating blue Lobelia and white Alyssum. My parents weren't really gardeners then but I think the prevous owners of the house were. In our garden there were red-hot pokers, yellow flag iris, a big clump of what my Mum used to call spanish iris but is actually Tradescantia, a large pink lupin, loads of London Pride, and some floribunda and HT roses (including Peace, and a washy lilac one called Blue Moon). Oh and a sycamore tree, a forsythia bush, a weigela and a lilac. The lilac met its end when it's top got sliced off by a ridge tile that came off next-door's roof.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Posts: 4,057
    I remember our garden having a red white and blue theme for the Silver Jubilee in what must have been 1977. Lots of tubs made from turning tyres inside out and painted white (my dad owned a garage) with White Alyssum, Blue Lobelia and Red Salvia. Also lots of Dahlia and Gladioli, quite gawdy colours too. Quite a formal style front garden with Hybrid Tea Roses neatly spaced out. I do remember one rose bush being a Blue Moon, dad was very precious about it.  

    We had a large ornamental pond with Koi carp, and a rockery which contained a waterfall that fed the pond, the rocks were big and white and shiny and the whole thing was not in the least bit 'natural'. 

    Happy memories of helping dad in the garden, but nothing like the style of gardening I follow now. 
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,941
    I remember the show gardens at Gardeners' World Live in 2017 celebrating 50 years of GE.
    This could have been the 1960s rather than the 70s, but it sums up at least the beginning of the decade for me.
    Crazy paving. Still like it.
    Sorry not sorry.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,349
    We had a "rockery" in the 1970s. My earliest memories are of saxifrage and an old manual push mower.

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