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chris84
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:29 pm    Post subject: Idea's please Reply with quote

This is my garden last time i did it i rushed it and haven't been happy with it so i've lifted the edging stone as they were sinking.I plan on keeping the shape of the lawn i'm just looking for character in the garden just have no ideas.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject: ideas Reply with quote

hi chris 84 a small water feature ,like a bubbling rock would add character to your garden. yours ponddigger
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:46 pm    Post subject: aspect Reply with quote

Hi Chris 84

What direction is the garden facing? When does it get the sun?
What is the soil type? What grows well/
How is the drainage? Is the ground wet or well drained?
What plants/features do you like?

Just a couple of questions to ask before you take any action.

Check out the Bloom pics of small gardens for a few ideas

http://www.gardening.ie/zenphoto/index.php?album=bloom-2008

Cheers

Ian

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

start with one or two small deciduous trees ....you need to go upwards to give you a greater feeling of space......and trees will bring birds into the garden and you can enjoy hanging birdfeeders there.
All of this will increase the pleasure you get from your outdoor space.
Choose your spot carefully so that you don't unduly shade your garden or your neighbour's either.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Character in the garden, keeping the existing shape of the lawn?

Depends on your budget. Maybe start with bunging those suburban house bricks into kingdom come. Put an aluminium edging around the lawn instead and right up close to this edging put 18" boulders on the gravel to instantly impart character.

Then, next step is to pick plants in the gravel borders that lift the garden out of the mundane into the deeply characterful. Take into account your children: some plants are not child-friendly.

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