Posted: 08/11/2013 at 23:07
Unless you are familiar with what you are planting, I think it is best to make a plan because when you buy the plants you may think "Oh this shrub looks big and healthy so I'll put it behind that little one". Then you may find that the big one will be smaller than the little one when they mature!
See if you can find pictures on Google of what you choose, or buy a good gardening book with pictures and advice.
If you can run to some trellis, or you could use metal eyes and wire, that fence looks as though it would look good with a few climbers, like clematis.
Make sure the ground is well prepared before planting, add rotted manure or compost if possible. Don't make narrow little beds around the edges, generous curves would be better, then you could have shrubs with perennials and bulbs in front.
Will you have a path? Best not skinny and straight and best if it actually goes somewhere, like to a seating area.