Hi skysearcher and welcome to the forum. I'm pretty new to taking an interest in the world of gardening so I'm not really qualified to add any expert opinion but there are plenty of helpful and knowledeable folks who will I'm sure.
Just some thoughts:
- which aspect does your garden face?
- looks like you have some large evergreen trees at the end of the garden, do they shade much of it?
- the ivy looks nice but 'kills' fences, is that your fence at the end or a neighbours?
- the outbuilding to the right I assume is a neighbours (garage?). Depending on the aspect this may be a nice location for some climbers. You would need to check with them before drilling holes in their property or maybe you could erect a support structure on your side?
- I enjoy spending time in our garden but did / do not want to be a slave to it so it is primarily evergreen shrubs which require little attention other than some pruning and provide all round interest. We have 'run-of-the-mill' plants like choisya, rhody's, azaleas, camilias, japonica's, laurels, olive trees, pittosporums etc so that might be something to think about for your low maintenance criteria
- your borders are very narrow, you'll probably want to extend them
- good luck with all the challenges you are facing
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Thanks for your reply!
The garden is north facing but does get some decent sun in summer (compared to my old north facing garden), which is the main problem in terms of planting "cottage garden" style plants, especially in the more shaded borders.
The evergreens don't shade the garden much at all which is good, especially as they aren't mine (belong to the flats behind). The fence at the back is the neighbour's as well, so i'm not planning to do much about that for now. I've bought some rambling roses to grow in the far left corner over that fence and up by the trees and ivy, so we'll see how that goes.
Love the idea about having some climbers on the neighbour's garage! That border does get some good sun. My mum was also considering a small plum tree/fruit tree near that garage? But i'm not sure due to size and roots affecting the garage etc...
I agree about the borders they're quite small and they don't get as much of the sun as i'd like, I might look into extending them when I have the time and energy.
thanks for your ideas! I'll have a look at some of the plants you suggested :)