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HI ALL image

below is a photoof my garden, we bought the house last year and its 26x31meters fairly flat fairly level slightly running off at the southside. 

i have great abilities as an engineer/carpenter/builder but no design what so ever!! i even let my wife dress me. i love acers/japanese maples and have ordered 9 total. but i want some raised beds directly opposite outside the house. mabe somewhere for a plot... green house... decking ??

any design ideas or full designs would be much appreciated.

 many thanks guys




  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 3,674

    Hello and what a lovely garden

    May be you could divide up into different areas like rooms but in the garden, ones with smells scent garden with lavender and other fragant plants.

    You veg like a small allotment, area for sound like grasses that russel in the wind

    May be a seating area - which could be where the decking is, it is good to make curvy path, hidden areas so you dont see all the garden at once

    Have a sit in your garden see if you want to be out there in the evening or day - which area to sit in if you want it to be sunny or a bit shady

    Pick plants out for different condition Like full sun - part shade

    Sit in the garden try to make a rough plan of where you might like things

    Hope any of this might give you some ideas

  • Oh, Wow.  So much you could do there!  I would never be able to decide on a plan.  I'd just keep sitting there changing my mind every day.  My garden has evolved gradually due to lack of money, time, help etc, and has had to fit around things.  Although I sometimes wish I had had a blank canvas like yours to start with, I think I would still be sitting here designing, 4 yrs later!  My suggestion is to go to the bit on the forum where everyone is showing thier gardens (can't remember the thread name).  There are loads of lovely gardens on there to give you ideas, and I totally agree with both Sara and Gardengirl's ideas, too.

    One of the posters had built a fantastic bottle wall.  Will go back to that thread and forward shortly.

    You lucky person, no major work removing things before starting!

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 2,143

    Check out your local garden centres and nurseries.  They may be able to point you in the direction of students studying garden design on horticultural courses who would kill for the opportunity to put together designs for any garden, and particularly one of that size.  They have the added advantage that they probably won't charge at all or their fees will be low compared to established designers.

  • Many thanks guys, i realised i left very litlle info in the original post....the ideas so far are very good but heres a little more info. 

    the washing line runs from the back of the house straight to the fence opposite... (lush) i dont have kids, but id like to think if we had kids it was a safe area (no ponds)  I would like to grow veg and maybey seperate a plot/allotment and main garden but my main focus is a nice sociable garden (BBQ's/sociable sun traps) 

    i know it looks awesome to have a blank canvas but to me with no artistic flare its more daunting than if i had a garden with rubbish plants... id just rip them out and start again with the structure still in place. image


    keep the ideas coming guys. i keep reading the design projects on here to gather more inspiration image

  • I've been looking at building some raised beds and felt short of ideas and came across a website with lots of raised bed projects and lots of other stuff! Might help!

    Good luck with your garden!

  • Many thanks guys, ive taken on board all the great ideas so far and ive got a design in mind, ill draw it up and open it to constuctive feedback image


  • steebesteebe Posts: 12

    Wow what a garden to start with... I am looking forward to seeing how it develops over the months ahead.

    I would def look to break the garden up with a veggie area and social seeting areas.

    I can also see winding paths and borders and planting to take people around the garden with little hidden areas. Maybe a woodland area at the back with some trees and woodland planting

  • Cheers mike but thats still out of budget. 

    So here goes guys image



    a little imagination is required!! the brown line woul be a dividing fence with gate 6 foot (same as the fence all around the garden) to seperate the "working area" from the "sociable garden"

    inside the working area is the shed, chickens, compost bins, green house, coldframe and vegtable plots (brown boxes) 

    the social garden will be mostly lawn. a slate patio imediatley outside the house, a raised bed that runs down the far fence (approx 2-3feet raised) the samll box in the top RH corner is a fire pit with benches built into the raised bed.

    the semicircle in the midleish bottom is a decking with a half pegoda?? maybe a vine or 2 growing over it ?? and the pink circle is where i have planted our magnolia. (it isnt that big yet but thats the projected size in the future.) also willing to relocate this

    this is all i have so far and i encorage any type of feedback please. 


    Many thanks Filbey

  • FilbeyFilbey Posts: 5

    ok so I've looked at the dimensions and I'm currently drawing up a scaled design for you all :/ this year id like to make some good headway!

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