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Alice May, My Garden (G66)

Styles: Exotic, Jungle, Organic, Wildflower, Wildlife

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Boggy damp conditions, Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

A large triangular plot of varying heights, with a detached house at the widest end. Includes mediterranean-style decking / pebble drive at highest point; shaded boggy areas, woodland borders and a children's play area. At the far end the garden narrows to a point and has been turned into a flat-roofed shed. The lawns slope, especially the one behind the house, which also houses a ramshackle stone shed. Approximately 2,525sq m.

Alice May's garden plan


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Alice May

Alice May

About me
Amateur gardener living near the Campsie Fells in Glasgow. I've been working on our current garden for three years and am learning a lot about the plants I can expect to survive winter here! It's a large plot on different levels and my first big ambition is to create a natural secret den. All suggestions gratefully welcome.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
My biggest gardening accomplishments have yet to happen! But in the meantime, I'd say it was creating a sunken garden and pool out of a neglected wilderness, which included having to remove a goat willow tree growing horizontally across the site.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Lack of time! Our current garden is very large, and I'm the only gardener. It's going to take me a decade to properly establish it. Also, I'm doing my best to catalogue the plants I have - labelling them in situ and adding them to this and other dBs in order to find the most efficient way of seeing at a glance what's planted where, what I need to do with it etc. Currently there are about 600 plants patiently waiting for me to add tem...

The gardening project I am currently working on
I'm gradually turning part of the garden into a dense jungle of hardy tropicals.It's important to choose stock that is most likely to weather our Scottish climate, so I have sourced lots of amazing things from nurseries and botanic gardens such as Cally, Binny, Glendoick, Kevock and more.


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