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Have just moved into a lovely bungalow with a very unfortunately sad looking garden, there are aspects which are beautiful and have some nice terraces but there are two areas I'm not sure what to do with.

I have attached a few photos and would very much appreciate peoples input, looking to do this on a very small budget as I'm a student at present but very handy with tools and at presenting i'm studying towards a civil engineering degree so hard landscaping isn't an issue. The issue is ideas for the front bank with the winding path and rear bank surrounded by Hazel trees.




  • -- Posts: 88

    If you are supposed to walk in the slope (though it looks rather steep to me), you

    should think about low shrubs and borders. Otherwise large shrubs and small trees

    would fill the space well.

  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,540

    A neighbour of mine once had a bank like the one in the first photo and it was full of lavender and it worked really well.

    there are some lovely flowering shrubs you could put on the steep banks. My garden has a steep slope. You could also think about tumbling clematis down the bank.

  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 4,167

    Did see something planted like that on tv before think it was one of the gardens for the yellow book not sure they dug out stepping holes to be able to walk up the slope to plant

    Try grasses you can get alsorts and look lovely in the wind and ask at local GC if they have any plants that they would recommend to use to help

    Hampshire Gardener
  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Have a good look at neighbouring gardens,what are they growing sucessfuly? any ideas you can pinch from them?.Are you friendly with them?any chance of cuttings etc?

    Otherwise low shrubs would probably be the best option,lavender suggestion sounds good.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,989

    With a slope that steep maintenance is the biggest issue, so hardy evergreen shrubs would be my choice Dan. Lots to choose from depending on your aspect and soil type. You don't want to be faffing around on there trying to stake perennials and cutting stuff back. It will be tricky enough preparing the ground and getting stuff planted as it is.The alternative is creating terraces to make access easier, but as you say, you're on a budget so that probably rules that out. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,989


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Dan.troDan.tro Posts: 7

    Thanks for all the responses I agree about the hard landscaping but am willing to do as much as possible by hand but do need to keep the costs down, there are so many areas in garden that need attention but of various types as they are all different, really don't want low maintenace as find most quite boring so looking for something different and willing to put in the work. Was considering putting trees at the bottom some type of fruit to give a bit of privacy as well.

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