My Garden is Boring

Ive spent 4 years working on my garden... but I not that keen on it!!
When we moved in it was a piece of wasteland, it was horrendous. So its taken a couple of years to just get the structure of it. Ive put in walls, steps, a patio, new fencing, new lawn.
Apart from the entrance, with my star jasmine climbers and strawberry plants, Im not too keen on it!!
I feel like ripping out most of the shurbs and starting again! Has anyone got any ideas of plants, trees, shrubs etc I could try? I thought about builing a seating area in the corner.
I just feel the gardens a bit dull! It needs a bit more interest!
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On Sat, 18 Aug 2012 19:37:52 +0000, Kriss

Build a pergola over the patio, plant wisteria. You need some dwarf conifers against the fence... put in some interesting boulders, and a birdbath.
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On 8/18/12 12:37 PM, Kriss wrote:

It's not the plants. It's the design. You need either hire a landscape designer or else to take classes in garden design.
I learned this the hard way. I designed my first garden. It was beautiful. But maintaining it was labor intensive. Sometimes, I was gardening by moonlight because there was not enough daylight. Also, it had no really recognizable theme or concept. My present garden was designed by a professional. It takes far less effort to maintain, and I see a design concept. It is also quite beautiful.
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Amigo, listen to David. Design is primary. Even if you can't afford a professional designer, you can ask your neighborhood nursery for a less expensive recommendation.
That's how I got the lady who, several years ago, helped turn the back of my yard into a -- hate that stilted term! -- a viable concept. She charged less than a licensed landscaper, and was caring and involved. I won't say that her plant recommendataions were exactly radical; most were fairly conventional, but then I didn't want to take on the work of baby-sitting exotica; I just wanted it to look good and not demand too much care.
To save money, I installed everything myself. Looking back: "OMG How did I DO that??!!!. The area was choked with roots from existing trees, etc. so it sometimes took me a half-hour or more to open a hole. And I had to wait until the worst heat was over before I could get out there and work. Over time I have modified the original design considerably, but am glad I did hire someone to advise me.
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On 8/19/12 6:26 PM, Higgs Boson wrote:

Between my first garden (designed and planted by myself) and my present one (professionally designed and planted), there was a second garden. This was professionally designed, but I planted it myself. (I was then in my early 30s. With my present garden, it was done in my mid 60s.)
That second garden was designed by an employee of a very good (but not expensive) nursery. He came to my house to view the site, check the water pressure, and note the orientation with respect to the sun. Almost 40 years ago, the plans cost $200. After I spent $50 at the nursery and presented the receipts and the receipt for the plans, they gave me a $200 credit against further purchases. Thus, the plans really cost me $50. Some plants from that second design still exist in my current design. (I still shop at that nursery.)
Today, I am sure such an arrangement would cost more; but I think the concept is still available.
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Thanks for all the comments!
We are saving for a bigger family home, and I think enlisting the help of a designer for that garden is a certainty for the next place. Im desperate to get a nice big garden and sit down and research, plan and design it. But with my current place, its been a case of creating something presentable, flexibly and inexpensively.
The pergola is a brilliant idea though!!
Ive attached a couple more shots! My mum is responsible for hacking the conifers at the back to pieces!! Its taken 4 years for some green new growth to reappear to possible fill it back in!!
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On Sun, 19 Aug 2012 18:26:43 -0700 (PDT), Higgs Boson

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Kriss wrote:

Why do you need a lawn? Unless it is for a playing surface rip it out and grow veges and fruit. A food garden can be very beautiful as well as much more interesting and a much more productive use of your resources. Think of fruit trees in bloom in spring and carrying fruit through summer and autumn. Picture beds with tall feathery asparagus, striking globe artichokes and borders of herbs; there are a thousand shapes, colours and textures to play with - all edible.
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Yea that would be nice.
I think the main problem is Im new to gardening, so Im buying things not knowing what they will grow in to.
I think the rain and my ill-timed pruning has ruined a few shrubs this year too. I have a few spireas but they look pretty rubbish right now. I think I pruned them too late.. maybe I should have done it in April/May?
Infact do spireas have a lifespan? Mine were pinched from my mums garden so they may well be 10 years old!!
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It needs flowers. More than just a few scattered pots, some real planted in the ground flower beds.
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What you lack is what gardeners like to call bio-diversity. Get yourself a really big cat, like a leopard, or a cheetah, a bear, and a rhinoceros, if you can afford one, and put them out in your garden. I guarantee your garden won't be boring anymore. After some time, you may even think back, wistfully, on those days when your garden was a little bit more boring, and dull.
"The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before." - Vita Sackville-West
"A garden is never so good as it will be next year" - Thomas Cooper
"There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments." - Janet Kilburn Phillips
It's not the destination, that's important. It's the journy there.
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wrote:

Go eyetalian, add one of those statues of a virgin mary poised in a turquoise urinal. The Christians landscapers will love these:
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Apart from the rain lol ,You have done an amazing job of sorting your garden out, it would look vibrant with more flowers . Visit my website. 'City Shop official homepage | Your online shopping world - City Shop' (http://www.city-shop.co.uk ) , or message me with any garden products you need can sort a good deal. All the best . Martin
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