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Any advice here would be VERY much welcomed....

I moved into a new-build property in late June, and I'm now getting around to looking at the rear garden. It's East facing, so it gets plenty of sun in the morning, and as the border sections get plenty in the afternoon too.

My knowledge of gardening is somewhat limited, but it's something I'm beginning to take a keen interest in, and therefore I want to make sure I get this right.

I've enclosed a couple of pictures so you've a visual, but I'm thinking of doing the following:-

a) Widening border space to allow for double planting (i.e. a tall shrub against the wall, with smaller perennials/annuals at the front)

b) Taking a semi-circle of grass out about half way up the border, planting a small tree, and surrounding it with some colourful plants/shrubs.

c) Possibly removing the grass in front of the garage (to the right of the garden) and adding some shade loving shrubs there too as the grass is struggling (level of sunlight there is poor)

d) The area behind the garage (a somewhat strange little area) is currently grassed, but that gets little/no sunlight too, so the grass is struggling as well.  I thought about taking a good chunk of the grass out and planting something here too.

e) Gradually covering the brickwork with a climber. Boston Ivy, perhaps.

Would love to get some opinions on what I should do with this blank canvass.  What I'd really like is to have:-

1) Some privacy from the houses across the street

2) A focal point (the small tree, for example), and then build around it.

Any opinions on the design, and also what types of tree/shrub/plants to use would be most welcomed!  Please, help a beginner out!!!




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,581

    A. Yes.

    B Yes

    d. Area at back of garage looks like good for small tool shed or compost heaps.  ( or kids play area if you are so inclined)

    That walll looks like its begging for Wires and climbers to be attached. Depending on aspect, , jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis. .

    For a small tree, maybe one of those apples with three sorts grafted on, or a columnar flowering cherry such as Amanogowa.

     Dont forget bulbs in between your shrubs or perennials.

    There  are lots of plant and seed firms to send you plant porn to while away the winter hours planning.  Suttons, Fothergills, Woolmans, Hayloft, Sarah Raven. etc.

  • Good advice from Tetley - now is a brilliant time to buy garden furniture, sun loungers etc - they're all on sale.  

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

  • AHRAHR Posts: 361

    Lots of good advice from the others. Definitely check the soil and use the shad area for a small shed or a compost bin or similar. Don't forget to take pictures and keep us posted with your progress. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,080
    DFW says:

    My knowledge of gardening is somewhat limited, but it's something I'm beginning to take a keen interest in, and therefore I want to make sure I get this right.

    See original post

    I think your ideas are great, and hope you have lots of enjoyment making your first garden. I just wanted to pick you up on two things here:

    First of all the best way to widen your knowledge and to get some inspiration is to visit local houses and gardens that are open to the public, take some time and really look at them. Take photos of the parts that you like and then do some research on the plants (there are people on here who seem to be able to name almost any plant image ) or the styles and then see what you can make of those in your own garden.

    You may fall in love with dahlias, or develop a passion for growing fruit and veg, or an admiration for Jekyll's planting strategies, or decide you want a white garden, or an old fashioned cottage garden, or a huge pond, or a wildlife haven. The possibilities are vast and enticing and deeply personal if you take a bit of time to look around before you fix your plans too firmly.

    And second please don't get the idea there is a right and a wrong way to do this. You may not manage to keep every plant you put in alive, you may make a border, find there's some reason why it's in the wrong place and end up moving the plants. Hardly any of my plants are still in the first place I planted them. I know the usual advice is to draw a plan on paper first and that's a really good idea as long as you aren't a slave to it if you find there's a drain where you wanted a tree, or a bit of ground that gets very wet where you thought to plant your asparagus, or the best spot in the garden for a seat turns out to be a bit to the left of where you thought it would be.

    The great joy of gardening is doing it, not finishing it - so jump in, make a mess and see where your interest takes you image

    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • DFWDFW Posts: 27

    Thanks to you all, it's most appreciated! Shall keep you updated...

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,457

    You have ideas DFW, test them and see how it goes - that way you learn.  I've learned about mile a minute plant and honeysuckle but not Boston Ivy.  I think if you planted that, you'd learn about it (I'm a little worried that it's rampant but can't advise as I've not grown it).

    So glad to hear you're catching the gardening bug.  It never leaves (ha, see what I did there) and doesn't get any easier but it is never dull.

    Good luck and post an update in a few months' time.

  • Jess91Jess91 Posts: 152

    I agree you've some great ideas there.  Like you, I'm working with a new build garden so I know how difficult it can be to picture what you want and figure out how best to actually get there.

    I'd definitely go ahead and get rid of the grass behind the garage. It would be a good place for a compost heap I think, but if not maybe some nice berberis or other shade loving plants might work there.

    Slowly building a wildlife garden, in a new build in East Yorkshire.
  • DFWDFW Posts: 27

    Guys, you're making me blush....

  • I have a similar garden and put a clematis ( Montana) against the garage wall. It absolutely loves it and is thriving. Nice cover fora large barevwall,and wonderful flowers for a month in may.

    you have some good  Ideas already .

    go,with them and enjoy.

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