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Front garden planting around cheals weeping

Itoohaveagarden_21Itoohaveagarden_21 West LothianPosts: 18
Good evening!
Planning on planting a cheals weeping Cherry tree in my front south facing garden would eventually like a round tree seat bench to go all the way round so we can sit under it in bloom. Currently the front is just grass, what would people recommend for borders or other planting? 
Originally fancied wild flowers pretty much all over or herbs/lavender but not sure!
I enjoy cottage gardens and ornamental grasses too.
We are in Scotland so also need hardy plants!

thank you!

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,223
    I'd forget lavender.
    Although you're on the drier side of the country  ;)
    Would you really sit in the front garden much though?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Itoohaveagarden_21Itoohaveagarden_21 West LothianPosts: 18
    Well the back garden currently gets no sun so hopefully when we get summer sun back there might be hope but as we’ve not been here long it’s hard to know!
    I wouldn’t mind sitting out the front we are a quiet crescent the only problem is 4 of the kids in my class also live here so have to hide the wine!!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,223
     :D 
    If you can do a couple of photos, that will help, but it's a bit difficult to make suggestions when it's an empty plot. The size of the borders you want, and the amount of time to maintain them are factors too. 
    If there are no planted areas at all, the ground will need some prepping an improving.
    Wildflowers aren't as easy maintenance as many people assume either .
    Plenty of herbs will be fine, but again - it depends on what you'd use. Sage, for example, struggles in our climate, or it does here because of the amount of wet cold. I think you'd need to lift and keep it under cover for winter.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Itoohaveagarden_21Itoohaveagarden_21 West LothianPosts: 18
    Not a great pic and also sideways 🤦‍♀️
    So it slopes down towards the house and is as big as you can see.
    I don’t mind maintenance but I certainly don’t want to lift or wrap anything if I’m honest. I’d rather only plant what would cope with the snow in winters and we are unfortunately in a very windy area so they’ll need some strength to cope!

    Not sure if I want to go for the traditional borders just boxing around the grass I find it a bit stepfordy 😅
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,223


    Very similar to where my nephew lives - he's in Larbert.   :)
    Not a lot of room there.
    Cottagey perennials need a lot of support. That can come from a physical type, or from other plants and shrubs.
    Snow isn't actually a problem for hardy perennials. It's wet and wind, or ice,  that cause most damage. 
    I think if you're wanting to plant a small tree, you can underplant that with spring bulbs, which is always nice.
    You could make a corner bed, or two- one at the driveway end, and also at the fence, assuming you still have room to access that side gate if there is one?
    I use mostly shrubs here, with some perennials/bulbs. It means less empty space through winter too, especially if you're looking out. The perennials I use in south, or south west facing sites have support from each other, and things like Euphorbias, Phormiums and a few metal supports put in early so that they don't get damaged by wind    :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Itoohaveagarden_21Itoohaveagarden_21 West LothianPosts: 18
    Ah might be the same building company they have a larbet  site!

    yes access is the other side of the drive, I think something that would give nice structure and shape even in winter would be a good shout, thank you for the tips regarding perennials and support that is very useful!

    never had a garden before so not a clue what I’m doing! I just know I love visiting gardens so maybe I should wait a while and see what crops up in other peoples gardens and at NT type properties to get some ideas! I’m not very patient which is a problem! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,223
    I'm afraid patience is the most important thing to cultivate - and the hardest!  ;)
    Are you a teacher? My nephew's wife is a primary school teacher. He's a lecturer.

    work out a basic shape for your beds so that you have a simple shape for the grass too. That's more pleasing, and also easier to maintain.
    Some structural plants - shrubs, will be a good idea to give a backdrop and protection to perennials/grasses/annuals etc. Prepping the beds properly is the kind of thing that can be done now, and is well worth the effort. Just planting into poor, or badly drained soil, is often a waste of money   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Itoohaveagarden_21Itoohaveagarden_21 West LothianPosts: 18
    Yes P1 teacher so all my patience is used up by the time I get home!! 😂

    thank you so much for your advice!!  
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,223
    I can understand that @Itoohaveagarden_21 :D
    It's often helpful to make a list of the kind of things you might like, and even more importantly - the things you don't. If you have colours you prefer, that helps to narrow it down too. Some people like pastel shades, some don't. 
    Many plants are straightforward - hardy Geraniums, Knapweed, Crocosmia, Japanese anemones, many grasses etc, so it's always a good idea to start with things like that, and as you get more confident, you can change things and add others. Some shrubs will be useful to filter the wind and give structure and background. It's easier when you have  a fence or wall for protection, but shrubs can often do a very good job, even in smaller spaces. Easier if you have room for a hedge though. 

    The big difference with designing gardens as opposed to your bedroom is- the bedroom doesn't change through the seasons  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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