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Back in April I got a quote for my garden, it was to have it leveled and paved so that it would become usable. It’s quite steep and I appreciate it’s a big job but the minimum £5k quote was just out of my budget.
I didn’t want another year where the garden wasn’t usable, the plan was to do three things 1) tidy it up so it wasn’t embarrassing when people came to visit 2) Get planting to attract wildlife (I live in a city centre so this felt really important 3) and finally, have somewhere to be able to sit outside of an evening.
This was the concept I came up with:
The decision to use slate chippings
Slate chippings were a flexible base that would be easy to use on a slant without needing to build up or dig down the floor. I dug out the boarders of the garden first to make planting easier (I mixed in some compos too) and then I dug stone moats against the path see the image below to see what I mean, this stops the stones spilling over onto the path way.
I left the grass underneath and used a strong membrane to put down over the top. I’ve linked one similar to what I used here. You need to make sure the membrane is pulled tight and covers all of the grass. You can fix it down with pegs or just put the stones straight on top.
I ordered the blue slate chippings from Stone Warehouse which were the cheapest I could find and great service too, so I’d definitely recommend them.
Planting in a shaded garden
You need to choose plants best suited to your garden, you need to consider the soil type, the space you have for them, and the amount of sunlight they will get. My garden is predominantly in the shade, getting some sunlight in the mornings. The plants that I’ve gone with so far are:
- Passion flower
The paint jobs
I painted both the fence, and the back door. You can read my post on how to paint a composite/UPVC door here. For the fence I only painted one side for now (as I didn’t want to damage the plants that were just getting established)
For the fence I used Cuprinol Urban Slate I used a spray painter to do this. The Wagner one, however whilst it’s quicker, it will use more paint and you need to be careful of your neighbour’s gardens/anything behind the fence!
I also put trellis up to help plants climb and create some privacy. The trelace was around £1.50 from Wilko.
I wanted a combination of accessories (which I picked up in home sense, Matalan, Asda and Made.com to add talking points around the garden) then I wanted comfortable furniture that would last.
For the rattan set and the fire pit I was sent the items from Von Haus
The firepit is a great addition as means the garden is useable later and into the colder months.
The rattan chairs are super comfy, and I managed to put them together in under 30 minutes. Which is always good for me given how hopeless I am with flat pack!
Making over the concrete slabs
I stenciled the concrete slabs, to give a vintage tile effect and create a feature in the garden. You can read my blog post making over concrete slabs here.
The finishing touches
I’ll continue to add little bits. I keep heading to Home sense to find plant pots (they always have really beautiful ones at amazing prices. You’ve just got to find the ones with holes in the bottom to make sure the plants can drain. I got some beautiful outdoor lights from Iconic Lights and they’ll be up shortly. If you’ve never checked the out before they have SO many designs and the prices are amazing. I think there are very few lights in my house now that aren’t iconic.
And that’s it! Any questions feel free to e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org or drop me a DM on Instagram @bethshehata