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jaykaty

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This is a part of my front garden which needed to be improved. Its an area where there are two old damson trees (my neighbour who has lived in the street for 50 years told me the trees were mature when he moved into his house!) I did think about having the trees removed but as they crop well every year and I didn’t want the expense of removing them, decided they could stay. The area under the trees was a tangle of perriwinkle, ivy, a few bergenia, self set mahonia, an old conifer and weeds. After clearing that lot, we put in a wooden edging and added more soil and compost.

After leaving it bare for a few weeks and spraying any weeds that appeared, I laid a weed suppressing membrane, put in some plants and added the gravel and stones.

I’ve used ferns on the shady side and Heucheras and Stipa tenuissima for the side which gets some sun.

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A very good job and makes a feature of the area

9 Sep, 2013

 

Very nice - like Paul says, a great feature.

9 Sep, 2013

 

It looks great ! ... I like the way you've arranged the stones too :o)

9 Sep, 2013

 

So glad you didn`t fell the trees, you`ve done a great job of making them into a really good looking feature of the garden.

9 Sep, 2013

 

Looks great, well done!

9 Sep, 2013

 

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I shall leave it as it is over winter and perhaps add a few more plants next year but the idea is to keep it fairly low maintenance now I've passed my three score and ten! More time to spend tending all the plants in the back garden.

10 Sep, 2013

 

Katy this fantastic.

2 Oct, 2013

 

Thank you Scotkat, plants have settled in nicely now, hope they survive the winter.

3 Oct, 2013

 

Looks terrific . . . what a great improvement. (Nice to meet another Herts. lady - there aren't many of us!)

20 Oct, 2013

 

Thank you Sheila. Nice to know there is someone else on GOY from Herts.

23 Oct, 2013

 

"Born n bred" Herts myself, Abbotts Langley, where I gardened with my Dad. So much flint in the gardens I remember shifting bucket load after bucket load to no avail.AGHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

25 Oct, 2013

 

I know just what you mean Dogsbod, alkaline soil full of stones is what I have. I've given up trying to get rid of the stones and learned to live with them, at least the soil is free-draining!

25 Oct, 2013

 

Fantastic job! And it will take no work at all. Great design!

14 Jan, 2014

 

Thank you Karen, the plants all seem to be surviving the winter well although we haven't had much real winter weather down here yet.

15 Jan, 2014

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