Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:55
Lovely, Tracey. I think LeadFarmer has given some good advice. Most plants grow on most soils, but some are acid or alkali loving, but you don't have to use them if you want to keep it simple. As LF said, dig in compost and rotted manure, if you can get it, along the hedge. There are a lot of plants that grow in dry shade, have a look with "Google", not such bright colours, but some have lovely leaves.
If it were my garden I'd be digging up some of the lawn, you will have to be very nice to your OH! I also feed my beds more than I feed the lawn! But don't overfeed as you will get more leaves than flowers. I use organic fertilisers.