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What to do with our front garden?

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Mrs Pingu:
2021-09-19_06-46-51 by The Pingus, on Flickr

This is our front garden. I would like to put in a solid path diagonally from the driveway on the left by the street to the front door on the right (so I can go for a walk in the morning without all the neighbours knowing about it), but mainly I would like to make it a bit more green & wildlife friendly.
I would like to put in a hedge where that mini fence is so that I don't have to see so much of my neighbours tarmac and giant orange SUV, but nothing too big or thuggish (same height as the one on the street would be fine).

I thought about laying turf where there is currently chuckies (and the empty bed in the middle) but it's on a slight slope so not sure how ideal that is, or if it's worth the hassle of mowing such a small area.

I then thought about getting https://www.beebombs.com/ but they need full sun and this is a north facing garden.  :(

Any suggestions appreciated, bearing in mind we're in the North of Scotland...

Try Scotia Seeds for some wildflower mixes, suitable for north of Scotland. https://www.scotiaseeds.co.uk/

Bee bombs seems like an overpriced gimmick. I'm sure you could get better results by preparing the ground, then sowing the seeds properly.

A bit of shelter for the increasing number of urban haggises?

Chuckies was a new one on me, even though I worked in the Banff area one summer. I guess it's new since the '60s.  Was tickled to see that the first vendor Google threw up was in the Moray area.

Anyway, buddleia might be an idea for one side of your path: it's great for bees & butterflies. Give it plenty of room, though, because when it's laden with snow or heavy with rain it likes nothing better than to share.  You could also plant it close to your low fence so that it hides the thuggish SUV and dollops snow down the backs of their necks.  You might have to keep an eye on any overhang to the neighbours' side, though, but there's compensation in the thought that when it's full of things with stings and humming like an engine-room they'll have to push close to it to get into the orange monster.

In Norn Iron, too, my mum had a broom bush that she loved, though the neighbours thought her a bit potty since it grows wild. She was a bit potty, come to that.  One day she opened the curtains to find a soldier lying flat halfway under it and pointing a gun at a house across the road... different anecdotage, that.

This bunch might give you a few ideas: https://highlandliliums.co.uk

The current gravel could stay and you could get a selection of terracotta containers and plant them up with herbs. The woud benefit from the good drainage the gravel affords and you'd have fresh herbs on your doorstep. Marjoram and rosemary do well in the UK and don't need full sun. You could bake rosemary bread. You could also make marjoram tomato sauce. That's what I like to do anyway.

You can also get decorative rosemary which will grow into fragrant evergreen shrubs.

Lavendar is a nice plant in a front yard and can be appealing to bees. Then you could clip lavendar sprigs and bring them inside, if you like the fragrance.


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