That’s a fun
project you have there.
Rather than the
Nandina, what about a potted Fig tree (nice leaves) on the patio and you should
get some figs. And a hammock or lounger nestled
amongst your jungle leaves.
Garden clear-out is happening next week. Patio will also be reshaped.
Looking forward to seeing how the space and layout decisions evolve as a lot of it is difficult to picture at the moment.
I'm really loving all the plant suggestions from the various posts. Particularly the Cannas.
Stage 1 groundworks completed today!! ... yey!
In the end I opted for a patio shape that was easier to cut as I felt curves were more likely to go wrong. Patio still measures 5.25 metres on one end, whilst the other end is reduced by 1.5 metres.
Reducing the patio turned out to be more work than anticipated as there was a 4-inch thick concrete pad underneath which would not budge with a pick axe. We then rented a breaker/jack hammer which broke it down nicely but something to anticipate for other newbies like me.
Next on the agenda is to loosen up the soil , sift-out a lot of the stones/gravel still left and to level the landscape before topping with manure and topsoil. Is it worthwhile renting a rotovator or will a fork and tiller suffice ?
There is still so much to do before any planting can take place but here's a few photos of the progress to-date.
Before photo of stump which were significantly reduced.
Lucy Willcox on Instagram: "In compact gardens you have to make every cm count. Break down the garden into great useable zones and have big chunky planting beds! Lush!…"
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No progress to report yet but I received the initial set of plants(early birthday gift) to start me off. Combined them with existing artificial and real plants and placed them around a mock boarder to get a better sense of the zones, planting space and where to to focus soil prep.
I suspect I'll need much more but hoping to source them from the suggested groups and by propagating existing ones (once I know how).
The 3m by 3.8m oval gravel-zone in the photo will eventually house a portable water fountain/feature, which can be moved/emptied when the extra space is needed.
That’s a fun project you have there.‘Evergreen’ is not that far from you. It’s a wholesale / trade plant nursery https://evergreenext.co.uk/ – no pretty pics on their website but there’s a little video and a few instagram pics. Non-trade can still buy [when there, you just register as e.g. “Nekky Designs”]. They’ll have small as well as mature specimens of the plants on your list, as well as other inspirations.
Rather than the Nandina, what about a potted Fig tree (nice leaves) on the patio and you should get some figs. And a hammock or lounger nestled amongst your jungle leaves.