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garden 5 year plan - but never ending


I have an old garden joining my Victorian house and started with great enthusiasm but the house has taken most of my energy and the garden has been “put off” for a while after an initial clearing and pruning.

I have fallen into the trap of buying plants on impulse and need tips on how to split and cultivate new from old. I love my garden but don’t know the name of many plants.

I live in Scotland and our weather has been very cold of late but it felt like summer only two weeks ago. This is causing havoc with my flowering plants and some have suffered from frost in April! . I should be use to it but it still catches my by surprise sometimes. O joy.

I particularly need ‘evergreen’ plants and some to give plenty of colour through the seasons. If anyone cane suggest a few ‘staple’ plants for each season I would appreciate it.

My five year plan is up in August. I am therefore hoping for a fast sprint and energy to get me there A.S.A.P.

Thanks for reading my ramblings – it has helped to stop me moaning. bye for now.


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Hiya, Maggie. Welcome to GOY, hun.

I said to someone today that gardening was like housework..never ending, lol. Sounds like you've had a pot full of everything.

As not everybody reads the blogs, I would suggest that you ask specific questions in the question part of the forum and I bet you'd get loads of help and suggestions then.

One evergreen I would suggest is the shrub Choisya. Commonly called Mexican Orange Blossom. It's a lovely plant with white flowers in the spring and does smell like orange blossom when you touch it.

3 May, 2009


sounds a bit naff but do a plan of what you want where you want. if you are going to do any landscaping sort it out first. you will know whats the best place to sit out so start from there and then work outwards, looking at the soil and stuff like that to see what would suit best. giving this advice retrospectively as I rushed out and bought plants, popped them in and am continually having to tweak things that dont look right. the five year deadline is set by you and you can change it if you want to, its not work remember! lol

3 May, 2009


I always buy plants on impulse and then wonder where I'm going to put them.

4 May, 2009

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