Help needed with hideous concrete front garden
Avon, United Kingdom
Hiya all, I'm wondering if anyone here would be able to give me some tips on how to make my front garden look less hideous. It's literally a concrete jungle. I've looked in the galleries but nothing really works.
There can't really be anything in it that could be pinched, we also can't afford to lay some nicer brickwork (although that is the long term plan but not for at least 1 or 2 years as the house needs sorting first, we just bought it and it hasn’t been touches since the 30s!). We really need to do everything as cheaply as possible and am willing to make do and mend if that’s what it takes. My partner is also quite handy, especially with wood and he knows how to bricklay etc. But he doesn’t have a lot of time so quick things really would be best.
I don’t ask for much do I?!? I love the colour in this picture: http://www.growsonyou.com/gardening/slideshow/garden-patio-ideas/111601 but don't think I would like having lots of pots as I like things to be uniform and symmetrical (but I could be swayed with good pictures, I’m not very visionary). I also don’t know loads and loads about gardening but I feel I know the basics and am happy to put in the hours.
The garden get lots of morning sun, not so much in the afternoon and I live in Bristol if you need to know about climate; sorry it’s not the best picture I stole it from google street view. In the middle of the paving there is a rectangle of soil which has a rose bush. I don’t really like roses (well I like the flowers but not the tree like nature of this sort of bush) and it just looks terribly unloved, I want to cover it up definitely. Also along the wall there is a bed, currently filled with weeds and pebbley stone things.
Any advice/pictures to inspiration would be brilliant. Wish we could afford a gardener to come really, but hey ho, it’s our first house so maybe in time we can do that!
Thanks all. Sorry so long.
- 1 May, 2010