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stone / rock area in garden
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anoldcharter · 28/06/2022 11:32

Hello All,

See photo I've attached that will hopefully illustrate what I'm trying to describe.

So the far end of the garden is just a patch full of sad looking wilted hostas and grasses and some other plants that look scraggily. To add to this, my DS kicks the football into this more often than getting it in the net ๐Ÿ™„ so it damages whatever is there. I was thinking that I might dig up all of the ground cover (but keep the false currant bush at the back and the azaela) and put some big rocks (there's already a few there but all grown over) and smaller pebbles with some (hardy) plants in-between.

I am new to gardening, I've only had this garden 9 months so not really confident in my ideas - what do others think? Will this look daft / out of place? Rest of garden is pretty green with trees / shrubs / plants to the left and right of the lawn and a patio seating area at the front. Something is nagging me saying it might look completely out of place, but I think its just that I'm so used to seeing just greenery? Have others got similar in their gardens, and would you be wiling to post pics for inspiration?

Any advice gratefully received ๐Ÿ˜€

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Lottsbiffandsmudge · 28/06/2022 15:05

How much sun does it get?

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anoldcharter · 28/06/2022 20:38

A fair bit although lots of trees at back which can make it shaded late afternoon onwards....

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anoldcharter · 29/06/2022 08:24

anyone?? :)

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senua · 30/06/2022 09:49

anoldcharter · 29/06/2022 08:24

anyone?? :)

@anoldcharter

Iโ€™ve tried posting to this thread three times and it keeps crashing.Angry

Quick response before it crashes again: Iโ€™m not sure that I like your big rocks idea. Itโ€™s a large space so you will need a lot of rock and stone to cover it. You donโ€™t realise how much you need to fill a space until you come to try it.
I think a better idea might be to have backstop-netting to catch errant footballs. If this is quite fine (though strong) and black then it becomes quite invisible and see-through. Hereโ€™s a webpage of the sort of thing Iโ€™m talking about.

A friend of mine was moaning about a neighbouring child who kicks their football against the fence. The relentless thud-thud-thud drives her demented. The netting has the benefit of being quiet!

You could then have some planting behind the netting which will now be safe from balls. Make it something fairly low-maintenance (because itโ€™s difficult to get to) but OK to look at โ€“ Iโ€™m thinking of evergreen shrubs with seasonal interest (flowers, berries, etc).

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senua · 30/06/2022 09:49

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anoldcharter · 30/06/2022 09:53

thanks @senua
I think you might be right about the size of the space needing filling....back to the drawing board I reckon :) it's hard work this gardening lark ๐Ÿ˜‚

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gingersplodgecat · 30/06/2022 17:02

To be honest, I'd get rid of the sad stuff and put some composted bark there for a few years until the footballing season is over. You could always stick a bench or seat there or something, to catch the morning sun and afternoon shade.

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anoldcharter · 30/06/2022 17:18

@gingersplodgecat that's uncanny as I was just out there thinking I've got an acer in a pot that I might put there (don't think I can plant it until winter though) and then bark on the ground etc.... great minds ๐Ÿ˜„

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gingersplodgecat · 30/06/2022 17:45

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