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John Smith, Maples (CM6)

Styles: Exotic, Jungle, Wildflower, Wildlife

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Indoor heated (H1), Indoor unheated (H2), Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

The house and garden sits on a plot of approximately 1/3 acre with an average sized front garden and a rear north facing garden with large lawn and various garden beds and areas, the areas are made into different garden styles, there is the exotic garden, the veg garden which also contains the heated greenhouse (8' x 12') and polytunnel (6' x 8'), the woodland garden, soon to be dry garden and small area at the end of the pergola which has fruit trees on dwarf root stock planted in a wildflower base, plenty of hard patio for pots etc. finally at the bottom of the garden is a bird aviary housing my other interest Australian finches (as well as a few tender bananas in the winter)

John Smith's garden plan


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John Smith

John Smith

About me
My main gardening interest is Exotic Gardening which takes up most of my spare time, and is also quite time consuming in the winter, checking on stored plants overwintering in the greenhouse, I became interested in this style of gardening around my 60th birthday, just when sensible people are looking to make their garden more low maintainance. The exotic garden seems to get bigger each year with Dahlias and Cannas overflowing into other parts of the garden. I love the Late Christopher Lloyd's idea at Great Dixter of colourful potted plants surrounding the front porch which always looks fabulous and each year I make a feeble attempt to do the same.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Building a pergola with Trellis attached at right angle to separate and hide the veg garden, greenhouse & polytunnel. The trellis also gave me a south facing backing for my exotic garden area which gets covered in exotic climbers and Clematis Viticellas.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Waiting until I was 60 and suffering with a continuous bad back before discovering the pleasures of Exotic Gardening, giving me a big problem come November with the BIG dig up and storing of the 'bigger by the year' tender plants.

The gardening project I am currently working on
I am building a raised dry garden under the canopy of a large tree to plant up with various plants from my cactus collection,


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