Thanks for the replies - really fantastic and very helpful.
Thank you - I had no idea it was possible to test the soil and to plant accordingly. My father in law nodded approvingly at my soil but it's not been tested. This sounds like an excellent first step and I will get a soil testing kit this Sunday.
1.Is the garden/s just for looking at and sitting in
It's my front garden and is just for looking at/looking nice. Its fairly open and by a main road but I might add a bench someda, next to the front door.
2.Do you want to eat some of what you grow
No, not in the front garden. Maybe in the back garden but thats a whole new issue! Excellent website recommendations btw, When I get round to planting the back garden in summer I will definitly use these.
3.Is it just you working on it
Yes, just me. I am very keen and my wife isn't!
4.How much time per week can you give to the project EVERY WEEK
Hmmm, 2-3 hours I suppose, riainsg to 4-5 hours when we get longer days.
5.Whats your budget for tools and plants
I think I have all the tools I need (parents gave me a lot). For plants, no idea, No more than £200
6.Do you have "naughty dogs "that may move some of your plants
Nope, but I do have a 2 year old son which might create other considerations
Yes I was thinking of insect wildlife mainly, bees and that. Good tip about the roses, Ill consider them. Honestly I have no idea about what plants - I'm going to do a finding out trip to the garden centre on Sunday. Great advice to see what they have now and what they look like.
Ah yes, I will put up a picture or two tomorrow! Usually I go to work and come back when it is dark but start late on Fridays!