I moved into a house last year and have finally got around to thinking about the garden.
What I have:
I have a west facing garden in London that is currently completely paved.
I have full width glass patio doors that open from the kitchen (back of the house) onto a small patio outside (just built this with the same large grey tiles as the kitchen). The doors also face west.
I plan on removing the old paving and putting down turf instead (unless you have any better ideas?)
I am looking for some ideas on what to plant, where to plant it and more general ideas of what to do to make this an amazing garden. I also have a greenhouse on the roof (long story) so I am happy to grows stuff from seed to have costs etc.
Here is a plan of the garden (to scale, 1 square is 1m2):
Patio is w 6.6m x l 2.4m
Rest of garden is w 6.6m x l1m (so 13.5m including the patio)
I have a shed in the back right corner (needs a door) I have an inedible cherry tree in the back left corner. (looks great in spring but puts the centre of the garden in shade at about 4pm or 5pm)
Here is a picture of the garden from the kitchen: From the patio:
My giant inedible cheery tree:
Facing towards the kitchen:
Here is a plan that you can change yourself if you like: http://www.gardena.com/uk/garden-life/my-garden/my-garden-page/?g=0fbed972-bc2b-4649-9814-b629aeede757
The sun hits the back of the garden about 10am and slowly covers the whole garden by about 12pm. At the sun arcs over the left fence by 3 ish the left bed has a bit of shade from the left fence (depending on the time of year.) By 4pm the centre of the garden is in shade because of my cheery tree (I may have to give it a very big haircut or we have talked about removing it completely. Seems a shame but sun is very important in the UK ;) )
What I want:
I would like somewhere to:
- eat dinner
- relax and entertain that is a bit more comfy.
- sunbathe (could be the same area as above)
- have a bbq (but would be happy to wheel it out when i need it)
- have a bit of room for kids to play (dont have any yet but will do one day)
- that is lit at night and looks great from the kitchen instead of a black wall of glass (which is what we get now from the patio doors at night)
My ideas so far: (dont let them influence you too much)
Beds on the sides with a seating area on the right, table, charis and bench on the patio: (you can see why I need help ;) )
I was thinking about a small table and chairs on the right of the new patio for eating, and then putting some comfy seating in the middle of the garden on the right (like a rattan sofa) so we don’t put all the seating on our new patio which will block the view from the kitchen and will mean we don’t fully use half of the garden.
I also know nothing about plants (but I am willing to learn J ). I would like that garden to look great all year round and be lit as it is the view of the kitchen.
Specific non broad question Where would you put the seating?
Thank you so much for you time in advance!