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Help to divide garden

Looking for advice on what to do with large, sloped garden. Have lived in property for 2 years and have spent lots of time/money on garden as it had been neglected for quite a few years.  It is now much better and I plan to increase all border sizes (slowly through division of plants that I already have).  I have planted mixed, native hedging along wall to increase privacy from the road.  Put in some paths etc but I would like to break up the garden without loosing access to our views.  Large parts of garden shady in summer once the beech and lime trees are in leaf. Garden is South facing.

Any advice would be appreciated.




  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966

    Hi Sarah - when you say sloping, do you mean down and away from the house, up and away from the house, or a sideways one? Or a combination! 

    Simple screens with climbers will break a garden up if placed correctly, and without losing views. Another design trick is 'windows' made in tall hedges, or pathways leading to a particular spot - often with a focal point of some kind to draw the eye there.

    A pic would help if you can manage it. Click on the camera icon (top right) and go from there. image

    Last edited: 11 April 2017 07:47:06

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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    Oops photos now attached!

  • Thank you, hopefully I have now attached photos as a reply. Thanks for the advice.  I did think of screening just unsure where to start with it.  Garden is approx 25 metres wide and 50 metres long and at moment apart from summerhouse, path and steps I am unsure where to divide! Looks like sloping football pitch with slim borders at the moment.  Garden slopes away from house.  Have lovely water views but also a busy road at the bottom.


  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,550

    Oh Sarah what a beautiful garden, it looks amazing.  I too have sloping garden but not as sloped as yours and Im struggling to know what to do.  I have made some level resting areas and in the middle of making one more out of new railway sleepers.  I love your path and hope to have similar at some point.

    it is lovely to walk down but a bugger to walk back ? 

  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,550

    Oops forgot to say I have broken mine up by creating large island beds

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,409

    Breaking it into terraces with low walls and steps would break it up, and possibly make it more useable if you can flatten off sections of the slope. You could make the upper terrace more 'hard' with gravel and slabs, and the lower areas softer with lawns/grass paths and mixed borders.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,409

    There already seems to be a flatter 'upper terrace' of the lawn, so you could work with that to begin with. It could be almost like an Italian terrace, imagine a nice stone wall the right height for sitting on, with some clipped evergreens and big pots.

  • Italian terrace idea sounds lovely but possibly to expensive at the moment! Husband does all the hard landscaping but feels we would need to call in the experts to tier garden with walls.   We have sleeper steps in the left handside to access path but think we will tier eventually as its a nightmare to cut grass on slope! Island bed is a good idea and will set to work on that.  Trying to keep costs at a minimum as have tree surgeon coming to crown lift beech tree and its very expensive! May try some trellis at end of flat area to break up garden/increase privacy.

    Thank you for all the ideas 

  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,550

    hope you can keep us posted on how you get on image

  • I certainly will.  Some good ideas.  Thanks 

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