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New member - my garden

Sonny4 says:
Hi all,

I've been reading the forums for a while now, and I have finally decided to join, and thought you might like to see pictures of my garden. I have only been gardening since last spring, so I will be needing lots of help from you all! The patio and hard landscaping was there when we moved in, but the garden had been left to weeds. I've included some pictures of the garden in March 2015, hopefully you can tell the difference! These pictures were taken on the 30th of July, when we had gppd weather, but the flowers weren't really out yet.

Enjoy, and any plant tips for a north facing garden? I've also lots of conifers, which makes shady dry soil :-(.

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This was the garden in March


In 2015, before I started





  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,207

    By the look of those March 2015 photos, you have certainly made excellent progress in such a short time. Well-done Nora! How big is your garden?

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • NoraWNoraW Posts: 393

    Hello Papi Jo - I wish! Afraid this isn't my garden, it's Sonny4's. We're experiencing a bug with the forum meaning some new users' threads are being blocked from view, so I'm just reposting them to make sure they're seen. 

    But, I agree, stunning garden Sonny4! And welcome to the forum image Sorry it's poorly at the moment image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,711

    What a fabulous job you have done so far - all credit to you. I have a north facing front garden impeded upon by my neighbours two conifers but I grow spotted laurel, philadelphus, forsythia, climbing hydrangea against the wall with Clematis Nelly Moser climbing through it. black bamboo and heaps more (was going to go on but realised you will have probably gone to sleep by now! image) too numerous to list! You will lots of knowledgable people on here if ever you get stuck. Welcome to the Forum Sonny4

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  • NanniemoNanniemo Posts: 226

    Welcome to the forum Sonny4. Looks like you've worked very hard and your garden looks wonderful, if you're a newby at gardening, you're obviously a natural.

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,253

    Great garden. You have some smashing plants in the ground in in pots. I love the Japanese nods with the Koi pond and Acers - maybe try some ferns, hostas and Japanese anemones as will do well in shade plus continue the Japanese idea.

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • Sonny4Sonny4 Posts: 20

    Thank you all so much! There is still lots of work to be done, as you'll soon see when I ask for your help.  The worst thing for me is pruning, although I love roses, I'm terrified of it! Hopefully with your help, I might be able to understand it image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739

    Great work Sonny. Love your steps. Satisfying to see the changes isn't it?  image

    If you're looking for suitable plants for north facing areas, just start a thread and put plenty of info re what you like and what you're looking for and you'll get loads of advice and suggestions. Photos are always useful for that too. 

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    Looking good Sonny. It can be difficult/awkward sorting out the different levels when you're on a slope but you have your bone structure in and so now you can concentrate on the pretties! You've done a great job so far. image

  • Welcome! 

    You'be done a great job, I look forward to seeing how it develops further! 

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