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Ashleigh McMinn, My Garden (TN34)

Styles: Coastal, Courtyards and small terraces, English cottage

Soil types: Loamy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: East

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

My garden is small with various levels, as you walk outside there are stone steps up to a patio. Either side of the steps are walled beds, the one on the left faces south, the one on the right is against a fence so faces east. The patio has a very narrow bed to the left, south facing and a broader one to the right, against a fence and north east facing. I would like to turn these two beds on the right hand side into ponds joined by a stream and waterfall. Beyond the patio is a pergola covered in purple wisteria, to the left is an old gnarled apple tree and an irregular shaped bed which is south facing but shaded by the tree and the wisteria. On the right of the pergola there is a long wide bed, mostly sunny but there's deep shade at the back, stepping stones through it lead to steps up to a flat area the which gets late sun and has a huge conifer in the top right-hand corner.

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Ashleigh McMinn

Ashleigh McMinn

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Putting in a pond, stream, waterfall and planting

Biggest gardening frustrations
Too much shade!

The gardening project I am currently working on
I'm trying to plant a shady area with flowering perennials, so far climbing roses, clematis, crocosmia and platycodon grandiflorus 'Mariesii' have been successful but I want to try a lot more things, especially alstroemerias. The colour theme for this bed is orange and purple.

Ashleigh McMinn's forum posts

Deadheading Echium 'Blue Bedder'
Sun. 28th July 2013 14:37

Re: Re: long blooming perennials
Mon. 1st July 2013 21:56

Re: Good Garden Plants
Mon. 1st July 2013 21:51

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