Posted: 23/04/2012 at 13:24
How about shortening the lawn with a border running from one of the side borders part way across the lawn. Then concentrate on the bit you can see for now. You could fill the border with Verbena bonariensis, some tall grasses and rudbeckia which would be relatively inexpensive, get the birds and hover flies in, some long lasting colour and movement. Try not to get hooked up on a work of art. My garden is 6 years old and still looks a mess but its MY mess and I love it for what it is. Also, lots of plants are remarkably resiliant, just think about how many different garden plants now grow in the wild without help from anyone. Experiment. Even the best make mistakes. Most of all, relax and try to enjoy just being outside in it!