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Help finish this garden plan?

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GinAndOnIt Thu 16-Mar-17 09:07:44

I'm so sorry, it's me again! You lot are too helpful.

I've done a hugely professional sketch on a photo of the front garden, with what I've started to think I'd like to see after walking up and down it a lot for the last few weeks. (Back story if you didn't see - that great big mass of soil used to be ginormous bushes, which got taken down a few weeks ago)

The yellow dots are daffodils (obviously wink) and the pink 'R's are roses. I thought I'd take a load of cuttings of the St Jons Wort and then get rid of it from where it is, replacing it with a few paving slabs. (That bit is in line with front door, so makes sense symmetry wise)
Then I thought I would just plant up some low bedding plants around the roses in a line (this is what green markers are)

Further down, I've done a green area around the rhododendron bush which I thought I could plant up with perennials to sort of match up with the small bed I dug last year (behind the pine tree in pic) - I thought if I planted a sort of semi circle around it, I would see plants while walking up the path and from house windows.

But, what should I do with the bit in between? I'm finding it hard to think of a way of planting that would look nice from the house, but also from the angles you see it walking up the path. I thought of perhaps putting something water related in the middle (bird bath, little container pond, something like that) and then planting around it, but I don't want to hide the rhododendron really - I totally missed it last year because there was only one point you could see it from due to the pine tree hiding it from the bottom and the bushes hiding it from the top. I'd like to see it through the window this year!

The other option I suppose is to plant a bed alongside the path, and maybe a taller bed next to the fence? Then I would still see down the garden in the middle - would it make it feel a bit narrow then though? Argh! Help please!

GinAndOnIt Thu 16-Mar-17 09:09:13

Also, feel free to say nothing needs to be in that centre bit except new grass!

shovetheholly Thu 16-Mar-17 09:25:13

OK, bear in mind my addiction to plants and my love of deep beds. This is what I'd do - large beds with two paths through them, one concrete, one grass. (I can't draw curves very well on Paint, so imagine a more sinuous shape).

GinAndOnIt Fri 17-Mar-17 07:03:50

So you would almost have three beds? Would you have it so there's shorter plants near the path, and get bigger, or would you just have it all quite random because of the different angles it would be viewed as?!

(Any big beds are going to take me quite a while to establish - that many plants sounds expensive grin)

Garnethair Fri 17-Mar-17 08:09:22

How much do you enjoy weeding?

GinAndOnIt Fri 17-Mar-17 08:19:51

I don't hate it actually.. it's about the only thing I'm confident I can do right grin

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