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A garden I designed,planted and now maintain

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Here’s a garden I took on about 5 years ago.

This is the rear garden

All the hard landscaping was present but other than a few conifers and a couple of flowering cherry trees there was no planting at all.

The soil was bare or completely weed filled. It took me a few weekly visits to clear the ground and do the planting.The client couldn’t afford to pay me to do more than just over an hour a week.

Most of the evergreen perennials were grown on my plant nursery and I bought in a few shrubs from a couple of wholesale nurseries in the area.

I would estimate it took me about 8 hours to clear the garden of weed and do the planting. I was given a free hand to plant what I like but had to remember that in future I would need to be able to maintain the whole garden in 1 hour 15 minutes a week which is all the customer could afford to pay.

Another shot of the rear garden showing the 10 foot deep 50 foot long main border

and here is the front garden

I planted mainly evergreen ground spreading or clump forming plants and a selection of small shrubs that wouldn’t require too much pruning. Covering as much bare soil as possible is imo the best way to reduce work. Each perennial plant probably requires less than 2 minutes work a year and the ground hugging plants such as ajuga,campanula,thyme and dwarf dianthus even less than that. The bigger shrubs take perhaps 10 minutes a year each to keep nicely in shape.

The garden has colour all year round as I’ve planted a sprinkling of winter flowering heathers and polyanthus to give winter colour.

The client is on a very tight budget but I do supply about 40 bedding plants a year ( pelargoniums/begonia/bizzy Lizzie) to give added summer colour

Penstemmon also provide colour from July to early November and I’ve planted some lovely rudbeckia which are virtually zero maintenance other than a once a year cutting back as they don’t require dead heading.

I’ve also planted about 24 bedding dahlias which I don’t lift and they’ve survived well over the past 5 years and provide colour from July to the first hard frosts.Effectively they are perennial plants at bedding plant prices.

I’m pleased with the results and I do indeed maintain this garden in 75 minutes a week for approximately 35 weeks per year.

Each week I cut the two lawns,trim the lawn edges and spend the remaining 55 minutes hoeing and pruning as required.

Here are photos of 3 of the bedding dahlias planted at this garden. To me they’re a bargain. 24 of these from the local garden centre costs £6 and they’ve flowered every year for 5 years and all but one survived the last winter which was much colder and wetter than usual,. They grow to a height of about 15 inches and the flowers are 2-3 inches across.

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You've created and maintained a beautiful garden for your customer. The dahlias are certainly proving how hardy they are and a great bargain....still growing after being planted 5 yrs.! Photos are spectacular....felt I could reach out and touch the dahlias. The middle photo (with the ladybird) is my favourite :)

30 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks very much for your nice comments
Whistonlass

30 Aug, 2010

 

Anchorman, the garden looks great, you've certainly sussed this one out with the low maintenance and time factor, tell me, does the customer make you a cuppa ? because you most probably deserve one.

30 Aug, 2010

 

it all looks stunning the lawn is a great colour you can see all your hard work well done

30 Aug, 2010

 

Nice project, Anchorman, very well done indeed.

30 Aug, 2010

 

Lovely Anchorman, I'm sure your clients are very pleased

30 Aug, 2010

 

Beautiful.....

30 Aug, 2010

 

Good looking, low maintenance garden you've created there, no time for a chat over a cuppa then ? You must mow grass very speedily ! !

30 Aug, 2010

 

The customer always invites me in for tea and biscuits as she's my last customer of the day. One of my other customers makes me a proper meal every week!

30 Aug, 2010

 

Two lovely gardens Anchorman, No wonder the lady is pleased. The dahlias are doing well.

30 Aug, 2010

 

You did a great design job there. I bet your customer is delighted! :-)

30 Aug, 2010

 

The 50 ft main border looks fantastic. The planting look really nice Anchorman.

30 Aug, 2010

 

The Owner must be well pleased with your effort, it's well thought out and looks fab. Apart from payment for the modest amount of time there I recon you must get a lot of gratification from your work and skills
I really like the 'main' border, looks like it will have interest all year. and without much maintenance. She's a lucky customer.

30 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

30 Aug, 2010

 

Anchorman you have some lovely customers there and you seem to be properly looked after, you deserve it, that garden is spectacular, love it wish you lived near me!

31 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks Olive :)

31 Aug, 2010

 

Anchorman, there is so much helpful information here. I have a large garden and run round in circles trying to do everything. I think I will try and use some of the plants you mentioned in the hope that I can cut back a little on the hard work. I find your postings very interesting and look forward to reading more! Thanks.

2 Sep, 2010

 

lovely stripes on the lawns too. some lovely plants there too. good effort.

2 Sep, 2010

 

How do you keep the lawns looking so good. Some lawn tips would be appreciated.

3 Sep, 2010

 

What a well thought out garden and beautiful with it too. No need for you to advertise I bet you get all your custom from word of mouth.

4 Sep, 2010

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Rwh
 

You've made a beautiful garden,congratulations.

4 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks for all your nice comments.

Sadie, I 'll try to do something on lawn care in one of my future blogs. I've been away for a couple of days so I'm catching up so it might be a while

5 Sep, 2010

 

I can just see you whizzing around with your mower! It takes me about an hour to cut and edge my back lawn!! You must be in great demand Anchorman, you are doing a fantastic job!

11 Nov, 2010

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