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Blank canvas plot


My wife and I have recently moved, we sold our semi-detached town house in Belfast for a place in the sticks!

We are now custodians of a rural plot comprising of circa 3/4 acre of garden in mature partially wooded surroundings, it’s fair to say it’s a blank canvas.

Unfortunately during the flit all my past editions of gardeners' world were lost (probably dumped). What I wanted from them were the articles by Joe Swift where he typically carried out a case study, sketched out designs, and the part I really want is where he made plant recommendations. If anyone knows a source or compilation of these particular articles or a suitable alternative could you kindly let me know?

 Many thanks



  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    I would watch it for a year before you decide to do anything drastic, just to see what pops up, that way you can finalise designs before you do anything.

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455

    I'd second what treehugger says.  You don't know what's in there yet.

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455

    Do you have any idea what year and month you're looking for, I have a load of back copies in my summerhouse.

  • That's part of the strategy "to watch it for a year", so I have a while to plan things out. The previous occupants planted a lot of photinia red robin shrubs which have taken over so part of the plan will be to thin these out, replant and create wider beds, which is why I wanted to flick through some of old Joe Swift designs in past issues.

    Unfortunately I can’t be specific on the date as I lost over 3 years of magazines :-( …. Which makes me shudder as I’m a complete hoarder! Would you know of any decent books which are laid out in a similar way to the Joe Swift Designs? We are just looking for something your average novice gardener can draw inspiration from, certainly in terms of plant selection.

    Thanks for the replies...

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,662

    Both Joe and Carol Klein have published books on garden design. There is also an NGS book here which has planting plans and plant suggestions under each heading (shade, dry, wet, etc).and which I've found useful because they refer to real gardens rather than only 'in theory' ones.

    Have a google about - there are lots out there image

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Thanks, I've just ordered that one, another to add to my recent purchases. I did look into Joe's books but couldn't get anything similar to the GW articles I mentioned. I hadn't looked for Carol's books, looks like that may be my next purchase. image

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