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Planted too many plants!

MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203

So,  we moved to a new home with a completely bare garden. We had a retaining wall put in,  a patio and pergola. I went crazy on buying plants and trees, plus I had brought plants from our old house and we were also given about 10 good sized plants from people digging up a road and shrubs near our house (no idea if these will survive). 

The garden looks itty bitty now. It needs tying together,  which I have attempted with ferns but do I just wait now and see what happens? I feel a bit stressed! 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,414

    let's have a look then image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203

    I'll get some photos tomorrow. 

    Will it take long to fill out? 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,754

    Depends on the space you have and what you've planted May.  image

    A bare plot can be daunting - especially if you've previously had a mature garden. Don't worry - get a few pix on and you'll get some help and advice and maybe a little reassurance  image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 975

    Once you've finished planting everything and it all grows you'll feel less stressed. 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,836

    It'll all look better when the plants get settled. Give it a bit of time image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    My front garden looks a bit bare, I measured the final plant size and made sure they all had lots of space. It will take about 3 years for it to fill out so I just plant cosmos in the gaps until it's filled out, something uniform with nice foliage.

    In winter I'm hoping the evergreen planting will take over.

  • MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203

    I can't work out how to upload photos. It doesn't do anything. 

    The back boarder looks messy. We have a 10 footish wall with fence on top so I planted evegreen honeysuckle and clematis which really aren't growing. In front of that a gunera and 3 dogwoods but I ended up with two types. Then 4 Himilayan silver birch trees. Dotted around various ferns and Solomon's Seal and a white bleeding heart. 

    To the left it is a shallow bed and has a smoke tree,  two red robin,  a dwarf white buddleja and hydrangea limelight all along the fence line.

    At the front over the sunken patio I have a white hydrangea,  a couple of spiderweb fatsias,  phormium,  blood grass,  ferns,  magnolia, white bergonias,  honey berry.

    On the right a Chinese Virginia creeper (another 10 foot odd wall / fence combination ) few free shrubs,  lilac,  Garrya,  verbernum opulus. Amelanchier as a tree. 

    It all looks rather hickeldy pickeldy but I guess because they are still small? 


    Last edited: 10 August 2016 16:59:38

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    A gunnera - I hope you have a massive garden because they are the T Rex of plants.

    Clematis often take time to establish well, my last one took 3 years unless it's a montana or something similar.

    I'd give it a couple of years and fill in with annuals for now.

  • MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203

    My garden is very much smaller than my previous one but Gunneras are my favourite plant. I have left it a large space;  but I guess that section  will look very bare there in Winter.

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