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Please help with garden dilemma

Hope the below linked picture works.

My plan is to add turf in the border to the left and at the back Areas marked in black. Then the remaining border. Reason is I find the borders quite labour intensive with weeding and I'd like to extend the lawn for kids to play. However, I am unsure what shrubs and how many to put in that corner to the left side of back wall.

It gets a bit of sun but only in the afternoon and near the fence is pretty shaded. Was thinking of getting a Japanese acer and a hydraganea in there. But was wondering if just haveing a few shrubs against the back wall would look a bit crap? Do you think it needs more depth i.e. one or two taller shrubs behind the ones in front to give it layers/contrast. Any advice on shrubs or anything really.

Also above that wall is a fence and the backs of other houses which are not so pretty...I think it's too high to block it all out but any ideas welcome. Suppose i could build up the soil high at the back wall and plant really tall plants to cover up the back wall, fence and view of the houses to the back but that seems a more difficult and expensive job right now.

Any ideas welcomeimage

By the way the tree to the right is a laburnum tree and blossoms bright yellow in June only.


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,729
    How about a group of Betula jacquemontii?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,582

    Laburnum seeds are poisonous. If your children are small its a good idea to keep an eye on them when they are playing near the tree.

  • Ivy2Ivy2 Posts: 68

    Great advice - my kids are 4 and 7 so past the stage of putting things in their mouth generally but I will warn them anyway. Love the idea of about 2 or 3 Betula jacquemontii (himalayan birch) at the back to cover the fence and back of neighbours house). Would that be too bleak in winter? Looks really pretty. Would like to fit in a Cherry 'Amanogawa' as well and I love the magnolia stellate, viburnium tinus and hydraganea. In terms of colour scheme would this work?

  • Ivy2Ivy2 Posts: 68

    trying to visualise it here - basic paste job:



    Ways to improve this?


    Many Thanks


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