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Another area along driveway.


By Dwyllis

Another area along driveway.

There is a rather nice square area of decent-size where the driveway widens out at the back of the house. It's where my OH parks his car at the moment, cos he hasn't re-arranged the contents of the garage yet. But I have plans! I have already put in a Wisteria Black Dragon by the gate entry into the back garden area. We will be putting an arch over that gate, so the wisteria will be trained up & over the arch, & hopefully also up & over the adjoining sunroom. there is a reasonable-sized Knipfolia sited at the corner of the house too, but nothing else. I said above that I have plans ... but really I don't have a clue what to do with this bit, but don't just want to leave it in lawn, or it will end up becoming a turning-bay for the cars, & the dining-room looks out onto it, so would prefer not to eat dinner looking at a bare patch of green ... or worse still ... the OH's car.

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I always try to plant some favourites outside my windows and evergreens to brighten up the dull winter days stuck indoors.

15 Sep, 2011


Is this the RHPs you were speaking about in Scotsgran's post?
If you are looking out onto this area, then you defo want something nice to look at and not cars :))))
You could begin by putting in a few choice plants and filling the gaps with annuals or cheap perennials which would serve a purpose until the others spread themselves out a bit.
This area would make a lovely garden :)

16 Sep, 2011


How about some chaenomeles. They come in lots of colours and are evergreen shrubs which you can prune and shape as youwish. Hebes have to be a must in New Zeland as well. Again lovely evergreen foliage and lotsof colourful flowers over a long period. As Scottish says add annuals or perennials while your ideas develop.

16 Sep, 2011


Thankyou for the great suggestions everybody. Originally, when we first moved in, I had earmarked that area for a water-feature of some kind ... maybe a small pond surrounded with lush appropriate planting, but have decided a water-feature would be better placed in the back or side area, which have high fences all around. I would worry constantly that a child might come through the picket gate & fall in, as we have a primary school just two houses along. I will have to look up chaenomeles, Scotsgran, as not familiar with them. I do like Hebes & they grow quickly over this way. annual & perennials are always good to work with, Scottish, so I can imagine there will definitely be some included into this area ... & yes, that is the RHP I mentioned. Needs a trim.

16 Sep, 2011


Good luck...a terrific canvas to work with...:)))

17 Sep, 2011


hi, dwyllis, just go with the flow ,you will see the garden you want in your head and when others see areas of bare land you will see beautiful flower beds,and it will happen, trust me. you will make mistakes, make lots of gardening friends, and in the end you will make a beautiful garden, i look foward to seeing it. all the best joe,

18 Sep, 2011

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