Posted: 24/02/2013 at 17:42
Take time and patience - that slope offers all sorts of wonderful opportunities,lots of early little spring bulbs, primroses, clematis - ferns indeed - get some good books from the library and look at pictures, finding out what you think you will like to look at. Don't even think of trying to do everything at once, just a bit at a time, decide which - if any - of the current trees & shrubs you want to keep, remove the rest. Think about where you want hard standing/sitting areas - do you know yet where the light and sunshine comes in? Do you know what kind of soil you have, test it if not, because that will make a difference as to what you can grow well. Do you want fruit/vegetables? If so, where? Grow the ones that remain expensive so you can enjoy them fresh if you want to do that. Talk with gardening neighbours, gardeners love to share their stories (and often their plants, be careful what you accept!, or rather, what you actually use!) What ever you do, and whenever you do it, take your time and enjoy it - there is no rush to do it all at once - that will discourage you and may end up with planting you really don't want.