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If this was your garden could you do anything with it? Ideas realistic and fanciful!

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SpinningCircles Sun 09-Apr-17 11:31:45

This is my very small and sloping triangular shaped back garden.

The main garden and play area is at the side but I wish I could do something to make this look a bit better.

In my mind I'd thought of a long slide for the children but I don't know if it would work.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Much appreciated!

GinAndOnIt Sun 09-Apr-17 11:40:53

It's hardly 'very small'! The people over on the Gardening topic are good at this - maybe ask MNHQ to move it over there?

LoupGarou Sun 09-Apr-17 12:00:18

I would put a stone wall along the edge of the patio with a water feature with roses or flowering plants, something like the first picture, and then I'd put a big climbing frame the other side of of with a long slide going down the hill. I would plant around the climbing frame too so there were soft shrubs and flowering plants around it.
Our garden is divided into sort of zones with a different piece of play equipment in each, so a climbing frame/slide/swingset in one, a set of wooden balance beams and stepping posts in another etc. It has been working really well smile

Astro55 Sun 09-Apr-17 12:04:20

Paint the fences green to blend in with the view !

Like the idea of a slide - get some large plastic heavy duty - and a hose pipe - great fun in the summer!!

LouMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 09-Apr-17 14:41:35

Hi OP. As requested by you, we're moving this over to the Gardening topic now. Hopefully you'll get some useful advice there.

Mermaidinthesea123 Sun 09-Apr-17 15:48:16

I love the idea of a triangular pergola at the bottom, I can just see it covered in climbers.

ApplesTheHare Mon 10-Apr-17 09:33:24

Yes a little triangular pergola or little summer house at the bottom would be excellent. You could also make use of the slope for a water feature/stream bubbling away, though I know they're not for everyone. We can't have one as they make me want a wee all the time!

Enb76 Mon 10-Apr-17 09:50:52

I would put something like a small stand of silver birch or perhaps an apple in the corner with ferns and hosts underneath (I don't know how much sun you get). Get something climbing along both fences (maybe do late honeysuckle, early clematis, winter jasmine so you get flowers for most of the year and plant underneath with umbellifers - so basically you soften and blur the boundary of the fence so it's like it's not there.

For the children - where it really starts to slope, I'd dig out to the level of the lowest part of your garden, put in a large concrete pipe to crawl through and put the earth back over it to make a bank they can jump off, plant up with something like Gaultheria Shallon. "Meadow" the bottom bit and have ordinary lawn at the top, so effectively two gardens with a tunnel and a bank. The added steepness of the bank would allow for a slide.

BadTasteFlump Mon 10-Apr-17 12:23:18

First off I would dig a decent size border along both sides and plant some reasonably fast growing shrubs and small trees to break up the view of the fences. I would plant a pretty tree that will grow at a decent rate but be easy enough to keep under control a few feet in from that bottom corner - something like a Japanese Maple, Himalayan Birch or Apple tree. Then smaller shrubs & dwarf trees as you get towards the house, with the smallest closest to the house. Adding height to a garden gives the illusion of more space, and having taller trees & plants at the bottom end will also give the illusion of lessening the slope.

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