Posted: 06/04/2013 at 08:18
Hi, I'm in the same position, except that the entire garden is only 3.5x6m, with a path down one side and 5 foot brick walls on 3 sides. Tiny wee postage stamp. I've planned it out for practicalities, access and low maintenance, plus year round interest. It's my first solo garden, and I know my own limitations, so I'm aiming for minimal phaff and as much evergreen foliage as possible, planted through gravel and membrane. I'm surprised to find myself very excited.
At the moment, the plan involves a smallish pieris, camellia, tree peony, some carex, agapanthus, miscanthus and a few other low grasses. I'm spreading them out to allow for a spacious feel and room for growth. If it looks too sparse in the first couple of years I will add some bulbs in the gaps, including alliums and iris. I would love an oriental poppy, but the dying back foliage in autumn is putting me off at the mo.