Suburban garden makeover: from lawn to lush

The maturing garden

suburban garden makeover: maturing garden

The pictures on this page show the garden in its first spring and early summer.

One thing to note is that I planted this garden up very fully. Normally, there are recommended spacings for plants which allow them room to grow to their mature size.

I deliberately did not follow these recommendations with the perennials in this garden. I wanted the garden to look good, as soon as possible. So I planted everything quite closely.

I don’t think there is anything fundamentally wrong with that approach. It means that as the garden matures, you need to remove plants to allow others to thrive. But with most plants that is not a problem. Those you remove you can simply plant elsewhere, if you have the space. Alternatively, you can give them away or even sell them.

It is much less easy to remove trees and woody shrubs, so it generally pays to allow them something close to the recommended space to grow into.

Another great advantage of close planting is that you minimise weeds. If your chosen plants are filling all the space, there is nowhere for weeds to colonise.

I also think this is a good approach if you are new to gardening. Admittedly, you’ve got to buy or propagate a lot of plants to start with. But you can really get a buzz from creating a mature looking garden in a short space of time.

These picture show the garden developing from May to August in its first year of development. Click on the first one below and then click on the arrow to scroll through the series.


For part four of this suburban garden makeover – the mature garden – click here.

For part two – the transformation in progress – click here.

For part one – the blank canvas – click here.

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