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Garden Transformation

Total newb here, started gardening very recently and decided to make the back garden look nice as a surprise for my mum who's currently on holiday. Here are some before and after pictures, it's all been done in around 2 and a half weeks...


started by smashing up the concrete paths that run down and along the garden. The patch of dirt at the bottom right is where a super old greenhouse was. And the boxes contain a new shed.


Shed is up ... though we've been left with two big dead patches from where the boxes were sitting too long... oops!! Complete with rubble in front. 


And finally complete with pebbles and grasses. Grass seed has been sown to blend in with existing grass around the base - though I'm dubious as to how well it'll do - I live up North and we haven't had much of a summer, so I thought weather wise it would be fine to sow. 

On to the borders. Before..



Created a new border on the left (which included moving a load of dirt) before planting. Also moved the seat back to cover a tree stump that's too big to remove (we had already removed 5 that ran down where the plants now are).


and the right hand side, which had no border at all - just the plant pictrued (can't remmeber the name - I am such a newb, haha) growing in small patch of dirt. 


And finally a picture of my cat sitting in a hole I had dug for planting :)

Last edited: 07 August 2016 00:17:27



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,865

    That is absolutely superb HydrangeaKate. I hope you are going to keep the lovely tree trunks to create a log pile in a secluded part of the garden for the creatures image My cat would have done just what yours did! Awesome!

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • bulkerbbulkerb Posts: 258

    Yep I agree hope your mum's pleased it looks fantastic now some tall plants like crocosmias or day Lilles .irises  or maybe tall ornamental grasses just to soften the fence line  just an idea as I said you should be proud of your work lester

    P.s. loving the cat 

  • Pink lilyPink lily Posts: 175

    Looks brilliant,  well done image

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I love it all but especially what you have done around the shed, what a fantastic idea!! image

  • Thank you all for the lovely words :) Being totally new to gardening I've had to wing it with the plant placement - I figured when they've matured a bit I can easily move them around. Hope she likes it. I'll post some more when I make more progress.

    LadyBird - tree trunks all went but we have saved the roots - I've attached a picture of what I've done with one of them (there will be pebbles behind it eventually - just have to level off the back of the shed)...


    Bulkerb - hopefully as the plants mature the ones I planted nearer the back will be taller (i'm a bit clueless) but I plan to add delphiniums and some wall climbers - perhaps a clematis and some buddleia. I also have a HUGE clump of alliums i'm going to dig up when they've finished flowering. I have a honeysuckle for the arbour too.

    Aym280 - mostly did it by myself. My brother has helped for a few hours max but i've had 2 weeks off and I've spent almost everyday in the garden. I don't think my nails will ever recover.

    I've become a woman obsessed - much to the amusement of my friends. I have a list of plants I want to add eventually and spend way too much time looking online for good deals. 

  • That looks amazing! Well done. I love looking at before and after pics. Love what you've done around the shed!

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    That is a brilliant transformation - well done!

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    Do any really keen gardeners ever manage nice finger nails?

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • JobanJoban Posts: 7

    Oh my my! Incredible...great efforts. image

  • What an awesome job!!  Looks totally fantastic and I'm sure your mum will love it!! imageimageimage

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