Hi all... Im a gardening newbie and need lots of help. Im sure i will have endless questions once i get properly stuck in, but for now, just a few to get started!
Until this year, ive been limited to containers and balconies, but thanks to a house move, ive now got a front and back garden to fill, and cant wait to get started.
currently grass in good condition, with one border with 2 healthy acers, one at either end. need something colourful to go between... ideally id like something annual (i think?) and relitively easy / hardy. although the front garden is south facing, and very sunny, its still Belfast so can be shady, and this border is against a small wall (maybe 3ft tall). ideas?
the other side of the front garden has another 2 acers, both in seperate corners, in dug out square beds. Im thinking id like something that provides ground coverage and a pop of colour, but would the shade of the acers restrict it?
i love the wildflower cottage garden look, and half fancy just throwing mixed seeds around the borders to see what appears, but surely it cant really be that easy?
back is decked and paved, decking is fine, paving is ugly mismatched slabs that i cant afford to replace as yet. running along one side of the decking, against a fence, is a 1ft wide flowerbed, empty, in horrible waterlogged condition. it gets sun in the evening, but its also shaded by a rowan tree, it looks quite pitiful really... is there anything that would love those conditions?
along the next side of the decking there is a gap of about 8'' width and maybe 6'' deep where my neighbour installed a new fence, leaving a gap against the deck. In my head, im wanting to fill that gap with earth and have a pretty colourful little ground coverage plant in there... but in reality it will only have 6'' of depth to grow in, although its a good 15ft long... again, is there anything that would like to live in this wee spot? also partially shaded by the rowan in summer, but gets more sunlight than the other side.
sorry for the long post, but i just really want to get this right and make the most of my little part of the planet! Thanks in advance!