Yey I have 7m x 14m blank canvas...help!

Hello gardeners!  I found this forum while looking for ideas & it seems really helpful so I thought I would see if anyone can throw some suggestions at me. 

I’ve been concentrating on the larger back garden up until now but now I'm ready to sort out this walled area to the side of the house.  Its a 7m x 14m blank canvas,   Christmas is coming (along with guests) & I need design ideas & plant suggestions please! 

The doors at one end lead from the Dining Room & I'm thinking of a small patio area in front of those.   The rest is open to suggestion.  It faces SW & has nice views of the sunset & surrounding country.     

I’m planning to underplant the old trees that are to the left of the house (looking from it)  with a new hedgerow but might put some screening up there until it grows.  There is a quiet road to the other side of the trees.

And... just so this isn’t too easy for you; this is on the North Pennines, the soil is claylike (though I'll be improving it).  There is lots of rain, wind & weather in general.  Temperatures can get to -10.  This little spot is fairly sheltered but plants need to be tough up here!  Any suggestions very welcome.

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  • Do you mean you want to finish it before xmas?

  • Hi Stargaze,  No..I mean I will be finishing it by Xmas, its over a whole month away  image.  

    I do understand I'm going to have to let some things grow ..apparently & I wont be doing it alone so dont let my bonkers timescale put you off. 

    AND..I've already started..i've ordered solar fairy lights image.    

     

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,710

    I love your enthusiasm but I wouldnt be planting anything now. You need to dig over where you intend to put your beds ans add some muck. The frosts will then help to break the exposed lumps down and ready to plant next Spring.

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  • Those pics were taken after the recent heavy rain.  The ground is dug and additional muck n stuff will be getting added.  I thought this was a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs.. stuff..? 

  • Yes I agree with punkdoc, I would dig the ground over and level out. Perhaps make a few plans on paper and think what type of shrubs, climbers plants for pots etc. Plant in the spring after frost or hopefully not--the snow. There will be loads of plants to choose come the spring. You will also have time to plan without rushing into things.

    Did you want plants to attract wildlife,  maybe bird baths or a water feature. a pond. Maybe a seating area further down the garden as well as the patio by the house.

    Best wishes image

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,710

    Linda. Inthat case yes you culd plant trees and shrubs

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  • Hi Sara, good idea.  I love ponds!  I actually do have a largish fishpond in the larger back garden & that is pretty popular with the wildlife & had thought about another here - but actually a wildlife one is a really good idea.   What plants have you used around yours? 

  • Sara that sounds lovely, especially the beach part, do you have pics?. We were going to make a section 'beachy' next year . Hoping to get a summer house.

  • Sara that sounds lovely, especially the beach part, do you have pics?. We were going to make a section 'beachy' next year . Hoping to get a summer house.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,126

    I have only one question Linda, is that leyllandi on the left?

    If it is you will have trouble getting anything decent to grow next to it!

    They suck up so many nutrients from the soil, improving soil next to it will only encourage more growth in the leyllandi.

    Their root systems will spread 4-5 meters into your garden and out compete anything you plant.

    If they are yours I would halt any improvements till they can be taken out.

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