The Garden: During and After

If you’d like to see how the garden looked before, then head on back to my first post here. We started ripping out the garage at the beginning of May and had it ‘sort of’ finished by mid-June. I hasten to say from the outset, we did not do this work ourselves! We had the amazingly good luck of stumbling across a brilliant garden designer and builder who was just a pleasure to work with – Iain from Outer Space Landscapes and his very capable sidekick, Shaun. I knew straight away from our first meeting when he asked me if I knew of Piet Oudolf, (you might remember me mentioning him as inspiration for the garden a while back,) that I was sure we were going to be able to work well together. These are all quite candid phone photos that I took as we went along. The finished ones are a bit glossier. 😉

This was the initial design on paper:

The first thing we had to do was knock the garage down. We actually listed it on eBay on the advice of our builder and unbelievably sold it (for less than £100 but it paid for one of the 3 skips we needed to complete the work so not bad,) when it would have cost us hundred more to have it dismantled. In the end it became clear that the people who bought it weren’t able to remove it fully and we got our usual builder to finish the job but it just goes to show, its amazing what will sell on eBay!

Of course it got a lot worse before it got better. The weather was against us (although the wet summer was later on a godsend for the new grass and plants.) One of the first things that were built were the raised vegetable beds at the side of the house, before the old grass was even taken up and the whole plot levelled.


 

When the border edging, grass and patio went in, it all started to take shape and I could see where the design was going. It all seemed very vast to finish with plants! I did a huge order at a local garden centre, (I chose all the plants myself and designed the planting scheme,) and you can see them delivered here on the steps to the deck.

As you can see, part of the design was these three large box balls in the lawn to give a sculptural element and I thought they would also be fun for kids to hide behind and jump over! 😉

The final part of the design was the modern pergola. Our patio is in full sun pretty much from sun up to about 5pm in the height of summer and as we planned to enjoy lazy lunches there we were going to need some shade. Eventually wisteria and other climbers will provide dappled shade over the whole structure.

I’m going to post some more pictures in the next week or two that show how the garden has changed again since these were taken at completion. The way it has filled out and matured already is amazing, but for now, this is what the process looked like. Please do ask any questions and if you’re looking for a garden makeover in and around Manchester I would recommend Iain at Outer Space Landscapes in a heartbeat – incredibly hardworking, knows his stuff and beautiful results.

I hope you like it readers! I can’t wait to show the more recent pictures – the difference is amazing!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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3 thoughts on “The Garden: During and After

  1. Absolutely amazing! What a transformation in such a short time frame.

    One question (& it is a big one!) – how did you go about choosing what plants for the different planting locations? Could you share the process you took for the planting design please? This part always stumps me even though I love gardening. I always go back to my parents for advice!

    • Hi Fiona!
      I started by looking at gardens online and books and figureing out the style I was after. In this case, prairie style. That led me to designers associated witht hat style and articles on thei plants used. I have a fair bit of knowledge on plants so could pick out a few I knew but in general most ‘styles’ of garden or planting have their key plants that give it that look and style, and are associated with it. One you have those you’ve got the backbone and I have deviated a little to include some personal favourites too.

      I also thought about height (I want the plants around the patio to give a soft screen to enclose it and hide it depending where you are which gives interest to the view) and the colours (not just of the flowers but of the plants themselves, to give variation.) Thsi style of planting is also associated with looking good in the first frosts and low winter son as the seedheads and grasses last long after the flowers, so that played a part too. Just a bit of research really!

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