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Matthew Carson, My Garden (OL5)

Styles: Child friendly, Contemporary, Suburban

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

Circular lawn occupying the left 2/3 of the garden with a deck occupying the right 1/3, cupping the lawn in the shape of half a 50p piece. On the deck are potted plants. Surrounding the lawn are a number of euphorbia's (rubra & purpurea), aquilegia's (purple emperor) and heucherella's (stoplight). Two features are a Cornus (Ornamental dogwood) and a Red Maple.

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Matthew Carson

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About me
Thirty-something with a wife and daughter (2 years old). IT project manager by day and amateur artist & musician by night. Just bought a new home and finally got the back garden sorted out. We've been married over 10 years, but this is the first time we've had a garden, so it's all new. We want to spend our spare time doing something we enjoy and gardening is not yet a passion (I'm sure we'll get there). I'd like to look at a beautiful garden, but low maintenance is a key driver. However, due to my creativity and gothic preferences, I don't want a typical english/cottage garden. I want interesting colours and shapes. I'm still discovering what I like and don't like both in plant shape and colour and in the shape of the planting. I enjoyed putting some lavenders (one curry smelling!) and a sweat pea on the deck for fragrance. Now that winter is passed, I'm seeing what's survived..

Gardening expertise

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Just created/orchestrated my first garden (designed by my uncle and plants chosen with help from my mum and planted by my wife!)

Biggest gardening frustrations
I want it to look pretty all the time and don't want to do anything to achieve this (including paying a gardener!)

The gardening project I am currently working on
Keeping my first garden alive throughout its first year


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