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DW, My Garden (DE)

Styles: English cottage, Rural

Soil types: Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

Wrap around garden established 1960s but recently replanted. Informal cottage style with curved path around a mature Norway Spruce leading to a large lawn with colour themed raised beds with natural stone edging. The garden can be viewed from several angles so I have created areas of planting linked to aspect and soil type, to draw the eye and add interest as you move around - a winter heather bed with grasses and azaleas linked to drought tolerant prairie planting where the soil is drier; a north facing woodland area with ferns and shade loving plants under a group of tall lilac trees; narrow rose borders lining a path in full sun. I have grouped and repeated plants, and tried to plan transitions carefully so that the garden has a sense of flow. My main problem is that I have to replant beds several times before I am happy, and I can't envisage the full grown size of plants.

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Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening frustrations
I move every new plant so many times before I’m happy, just a few inches sometimes, and once you move one plant you end up moving others too. It amuses the neighbours though.

The gardening project I am currently working on
Creating a wildlife pond


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