Pam's garden is incredible. I've seen photos before. NigelCoad's garden is very lovely, seen photos on another thread.
I live in Dordogne, France and I have made a flower garden out of an old farmyard that was a mass of brambles and nettles when we moved to this house 22 years ago. Not the easiest climate as the winters are cold and the summers can be very hot, also there was a drought in 2011 and this winter it's always raining or snowing. We've had to fence the flower garden main bit as the deer came in from the forest and ate all my flowers and roses. I have a veg garden too, quite big, had to fence that as well. Clay and limestone here, but much improved now as loads of manure and compost added over the years. A photo is the easiest way to show you.
This is spring last year.