Back garden plot - concept plan
This is a follow-on post from Problem Solving category. Have a area 10 x 10 meters area in the back garden, in South London, north facing. Taken down a large Laurel tree but unable to remove the stump. Sun light is good, dappled in the morning, full midday to early evening. See the concept diagram. The stump in the foreground stays, will plant around it, been given some good planting ideas already, thanks to this community. Have drawn up a conceptual plan, which shows the planned structure of the area. Back area is surrounded with Conifers on sides of the fence and a massive Eucalyptus tree next door. Constantly foliage/leaf and bark drop both from Conifers and Eucalyptus, leaf blower is busy.
The plan clockwise starting with the stump, will plant around the stump. Then a row of paving and couple of high raised beds for veggies. A bench in the middle with a row of paving from lawn to the bench in middle of the plot. Several planters on the left side of various sizes and heights.
Not sure yet on ground cover, plenty of options. Budget and health (back problem) is a constraint. Paving, decking or lawn I am not keen on. Gravel or Bark/wood chipping is preferred. Welcome any thoughts who have on gravel or bark as ground cover. I’ve read about Beth Chatto's dry gravel garden, sound interesting. Gravel looks great but does deteriorate over time I believe. Both gravel and bark will need topping up with time. Do I need a membrane for gravel, I hear differing stories.
On the planting side not really decided, but thinking of bed of lavender, salvia and sage to follow the path of pavers. In the round planter think of ornamental grass, Silvergrass, Miscanthus sinensis, Switch grass, Panicum virgatum, and Pony-tail grass, Stipa tenuissima as examples not sure about plants for other planters.
I am not sure of the soil PH but the texture is loamy and well draining, important for the bed that will follow the pavers and around the stump. Rest of the planting is in planters, so I can pick the best soil for the plant.
The theme is to keep it simple, low maintenance, add serenity and tranquility with pastel colors, Keep to perennials. it’s a nice spot to listen to bird song, rustling leaves and breeze blowing through the trees. I am container gardener have around 90 pots on the patio where I have tons of bright colors, so a lighter theme in the back plot is a good contrast.
Sorry for the long post, just wanted to share my passion and what keeps me sane. This will be a bite size project as health and budget allows.
Welcome thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. Thanks again to the amazing community here.