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Just bought a house with a long tiered garden.

We've just bought a house with a 102ft garden. It's thin (roughly about 20ft wide) and tiered. Each tier is about 13 ft long and then you drop down 4 and a half foot to the next tier. We've always been keen amateur garders but have always had a modest size garden, now with this move we are excited but a little bit daunted by the work ahead of us. Any ideas, warnings or advice would be most welcome.


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,069

    Live with it for a year to see what comes up, where the sun goes round, where there's shade, what kind of soil you have and so on.    Keep on top of weeding and dead-heading and take lots of photos and notes to remind you of what is where, what needs to be moved or got rid of and how you'd like to improve it for your needs.

    Think about what you'd like - seating/eating/entertaining areas, kids' play area, flowers for cutting, climbers, perfume, veggies, herbs, work area for potting and propagating, compost corner and make a list.

    Then you can plan it and change it to your needs and order plants or seeds to change the palette to your taste.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • daiboydaiboy Posts: 32

    Sounds like great advice. One issue is at present the first five tiers have been paved or decked. They aren't going to stay, we want real gardens, I think however you may be right, year one should be for learning and planning.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Agree with Obelix to wait and see. Sounds like the previous owners have had an interest in gardening if they've terraced it rather than leave it as a steep slope of untended garden.

    Container gardening in pots and planters could help you soften the hard landscaping in the short term.  Don't make the rash decision to rip it all up and start again which could be very costly in the long run.  

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,433

    I agree,you need to get a 'feel' for the new garden.

    Keep it tidy,see what is already there,decide what you really want in a garden and just do it section at a time.

    I have been in my house now for 15 years and every year I seem to find a new project.

    A garden is a living,growing thing and is never at any time 'perfect',there is always something to change if a plant does not grow as expected.

    Have fun and enjoy your new garden! image

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • daiboydaiboy Posts: 32

    image The backdrop isn't bad either

  • daiboydaiboy Posts: 32

    imageQuite the backdrop too

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,069

    Beautiful.  Shame about that green roof.  What is it and can it go?  If it's a shed, have you room under a decked level to stash stuff out of sight?

    Last edited: 28 May 2017 17:57:46

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • daiboydaiboy Posts: 32

    That is a sizeable shed which will go in the end and be replaced with another landscaped tier. At present though its handy. Its the fourth tier down. Shame I cant upload videos here as the photo doesn't do the backdrop justice.

  • daiboydaiboy Posts: 32

    Here's the best way to see the view.

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