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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:51 pm    Post subject: Feedback on proposed design for North Facing Garden Reply with quote

Hi. We're starting to put in the skeleton layout for our garden. It's an exisitng North facing garden with very poor soil. Our design is nothing spectacular but i want to make sure that we're choosing the best spot for greenhouses, shed, flower beds, etc . We can change around other elements in time but i want to get this part of it right.

I'm attaching photo's of the existing garden and a plan indicating our proposed layout. The large concrete path on the right (see photo's) will ultimately become our patio area - when we've the money - because this area gets the sun late into the evening.

The area near the house really only gets sun in the summer mornings and can get muddy and waterlogged in winter.

The garden currently has no tall features so we're planning on putting a silver birch at the bottom of the flower bed on the left of the garden.

We're also proposing to install a rustic fence structure at the back of the flower bed that transverses the garden. Something like this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/mseyler/103146231/

We appreciate any thoughts and thanks in advance for taking the time to read this post.

All the best



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One comment on the silver birch it is a large tree lots of surface roots.
Ok, it casts nice dapple shade in the garden, but attracts lots of greenfly and when mature loses lots of small branches, because it also takes up large quantities of water its unlikely you will have good grass under it.
If its branches overhang your neghbours they are entitled to lop off the offending branches. Good luck with the revamp it would be nice to see the end result,
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for info Greengage. I had my heart set on a Gleditsia tree until i found out they weren't frost hardy. Are there any trees that you think would be more suitable?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MisseyB wrote:
Thanks for info Greengage. I had my heart set on a Gleditsia tree until i found out they weren't frost hardy. Are there any trees that you think would be more suitable?


gonna preempt Greengage here and suggest an Amelanchier tree.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope im not becoming predictable. Sorbus, Circus, Cornus, Morus, Ilex, Acer grisium, Crateagus, Prunus amagowna oh and Amelanchier.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys for the suggestions. Will check out images of those trees.

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