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Discussion in 'Garden Projects and DIY' started by bigbore, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. bigbore

    bigbore Super Gardener

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    Thought I would post some pictures of my basic garden and tell you a little about it and what I would like to achieve.

    We moved here two years ago and this is my first real garden, I have no knowledge and very little green finger experience. I would like loads of tips and advice along the way to help me have a garden I can be proud off.

    The main things I would like to do with the planning in mind is
    1, have a Japanese theme
    2, Attract Birds
    3, Have a pond
    4, Plants for all year round
    5, acer trees and lemon trees in pots

    This year I,m working on a budget as I get married in November so this is a four year plan. Any spare cash will be going to the garden .

    This is how it looked when we first moved in, Not sure the pictures show but it slopes to the house quite a bit , and its a west facing garden

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    First job I did was create an area where we could sit and enjoy the summer during the warmer months

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    Once most of the slabs were down it was time to start the mini wall

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    Once done it was time to relax and enjoy, not letting the rain ruin it either

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    That was the summer, now winter is here this is the sorry state of the place

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    So that was phase one. Now for phase two

    I would like to put in a pond on the right hand side of the garden why the trampoline sits ( that's going tip thank god) This is the kind of pond I would like to try and build, also love all of the ferns and the palm tree I think it is in the picture


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    Thanks for reading, hope I didn't bore you and if you have any tips or advice I would love to hear from you

    All the best for now Jamie
     
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      It's never boring planning someone else's garden for them:biggrin: First thing to splash out on would be some sort of bamboo 'screen-on-a-roll' or trellis to attach to the fence and to cover the visible sides of the shed, too. Or...more economically, paint them black. Are you planning on Koi carp in the pond? Make it as big and deep as possible if so..they get huge! If you don't have pure clay or limey soil, with a bit of preparation you could grow an Acer in the ground. They're not that fussy about soil, just need shade and shelter from cold winds.
      I'd avoid a flowering cherry in a smallish garden...they have horrendous roots and a pretty short season of interest. Perhaps a Chaenomeles (Japanese quince) would be a good substitute?
      I'm not very well up on Japanese plants but would suggest Anemone japonica, perennial with pink or white flowers. Another very good plant is Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens (sorry about that!) the 'black grass'.
      The main thing with any garden design is to get the proportion of evergreens right so the garden looks good all year. Try to avoid too many deciduous flowering shrubs which look deadly when they're not in flower.
       
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        thanks again for your help, so should I trellis both side fences from top to bottom? Also with the shed could I sink bamboo in pots around it as I hear they spread and wouldn't want that.
        I would like a couple of carp in the pond not to many though just want it for the look and sound of trickling water.
        As for the Japanese theme I could get that from the pond and some statues placed around the garden , plants don't have to be Japanese just anything that looks nice.

        Jamie
         
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        Perhaps just trellis the fence with the posts etc showing? Good idea about growing bamboo in containers! Some varieties are less invasive than others but they're devils to control once they start. Long-term, it might be a good idea to dig a big trench and line the sides with some very strong material, then re-fill with soil?
         
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          Done well there Jamie :)

          I'd be thinking about blagging a few mirrors to put on the fences, maybe with arches over them to create the illusion of space. They don't half pack em in with new build these days :sad:
           
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            Been given some more plants to think about, not sure if these are suitable for my garden but i'm sure you will let me know.

            roses, olive, lemon, orange, zambucca and a mimosa.( in pots ) wisterias. a euonymus , quince , azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, bamboo.

            Victoria plum, conference pear, stella and morello cherry trees in tubs. almond tree hebes, dahlias a sorbus tree and lilies
             
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            Well done Jamie, a great start - looking forward to seeing how phase II goes.

            When you look for bamboos try and get so called 'clumping' as these are not invasive. They can be expensive, I got three decent sized ones off Freecycle - car boots are another possibility.
             
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            Well done, so far. :blue thumb:

            It also depends on what part of the country you're in. Olives, lemons and oranges are quite ambitious for a start. They can be prone to succumb to bad weather.

            Although not evergreen you can get an oriental effect from Leycesteria Formosa and it's hardy in most of the country - needs slight shelter but would be great against the fence. The golden leafed variety (not so many people have this version) can really brighten up the garden in spring and summer.

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              A little gem is Nandina domestica aka Heavenly Bamboo, for year round interest, not hardy everywhere in the UK but in a sheltered garden will do well:

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              http://www.palmcentre.co.uk/products/ndo/nandina-domestica-heavenly-bamboo
               
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                Good idea, John. :) Our Nandine survives quite well in our north facing front garden :blue thumb:
                 
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                  Right any tips on anything i should change then please feel free to post, as i'm very new to this and trying to plan and imagine a nice garden is very hard to do for me. So far i think ive gone a little bulb crazy and started to dot them round the place also quite like bits of rock but may have also gone a little over the top.

                  Starting at the far corner near the shed i have two silver plants ( not sure i like these ) and some tulip bulbs

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                  again at the far back running along the garage wall some more tulips

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                  and to the far right of the garden i have planted a bunch of daffs three fern plants behind the water bath and a pyracantha.

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                  Three different ferns planted around the rocks , which is mainly a shaded area of the garden

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                  Next to my patio i have planted the dwarf acer tree and built a little slate circle around it and added a bunch of daffs

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                  Along the patio wall i have added many different bulbs

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                  more bulbs and a clematis to climb up the fence

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                  And today i have added some more rocks with a couple of cool plants, not sure if this will take off but i do quite like the look so far

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                  Hope you like but would like guidance either way pros or negs

                  Thanks for looking Jamie
                   
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                    Looking very good Jamie.

                    They are Cineraria Silver Dust :dbgrtmb:
                     
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                      Might I suggest shubunkin instead of Koi for your pond? They are much hardier and less fussy about water quality/space etc. they come in many colours and markings and are also different from ordinary goldfish in that they don't have scales, the colouring is on their skin. I find them easy, attractive and soon come to be fed at regular times if you would like to do that (not when temperatures are cold though as they won't digest it).
                       
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                        What clematis have you planted? If you want one to spread nicely and cover the fence on a trellis, try tangutica. I think it has a japanese look to it. This is ours which grows on an arch with a rose. The fluffy bits are seed heads.
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                          P.s. I think it looks great so far!
                           
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                            Jamie

                            I take it that a trampoline = children in the household...

                            Perhaps it might be better if the children are young to hold off the fishpond for a while for safety reasons, you can still have the sound of running water, by creating a water feature, so that the main water supply is kept in a sump pit underneath ground, where the kids can't fall in.

                            As to plants, even though I have a fantastic chill out corner, names of plants unless it's a fushia I'm not very good at,
                             
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                            It's looking good :blue thumb:

                            Something to think about. The way that you have made the beds/stone areas need a little thought as to how you will cut the grass as it gets longer. There's no problem with using shears :thumbsup: but you might want to plan how you'll get your mower around things if you dot too many items around.

                            For example: you may want to widen the bed with the daffs and crocuses (too much danger of mowing the daffs as they get bigger) and curve it off to the dwarf acer and the daffs the other side of the acer. :dbgrtmb:
                             
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                              Thanks for the advice so far, what plant should I grow up this part of the Fench? Its in the sun all of the day,

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                                When I read the thread I wondered about a pond too, not really a good idea with young children but they love bubble pools and the sump is underground so no danger. Watch though that if you do go that way children want to splash their hands in all day and the reservoir can run dry and burn out the pump so always go for the biggest size - also easier to convert into a pool later. Cover with large pebbles and you can get the dry river bed look that's always so nice in Japanese gardens.
                                 
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                                Also what could in plant around the clematis so that I have something to enjoy through the summer

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