Posted: 24/05/2014 at 11:17
Don't make the common mistake of putting a tiny narrow border around the garden. A larger planting space, whether in the ground or as a raised bed, will be much more successful. An idea would be to do a larger bed in two opposite corners. These can the be generously planted and climbers can be trained to reach across the neighbouring wall or fence.
Raised beds can also help give a sense of lush planting in a smaller garden as it raises the planting up.
What about some low level planting in the shingle, creating a gravel garden. Some low growing herbs such as creeping mint and thyme can cope with being walked on occasionally and will release lovely scents as you do so.
You could fix some hanging pots or wall troughs to the side walls to increase your planting space.
Enjoy your garden, we currently have only a small verandah 3ft by 11ft so I am feeling quite jealous of the space you have : )