Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:46
1. Get yourself a notebook and get jotting! Types of plants you like the look of, ones you see in books, on TV. Write them down before you can forget. I have to confess that due to my memory issues I take photographs of the plant, the plant label, and the care instructions. My phone has quite the old collection of photographs.
2. Do you know what soil type you have? Or where is damp / dry / acid / alkaline / the general might affect picky plants type of thing. That always helps focus your mind as to what you can have.
3. There's nothing wrong with a bit of bare soil, I do like tidy beds with plenty of soil between the flowers especially when you put all the effort into keeping them tidy
4. Do you have a theme for the garden? I.e. country garden. Or areas that need to have a certain criteria? I.e. hiding the neighbours monster of a garage that lunges through your eyesight like a fat naked man on the beach.
5. No matter how well you plan it, no matter how many hours you stare and stare at your garden. You WILL end up moving one plant at least three times. My poor daffodils seem to get their bulbs dug up after every season to be moved somewhere else and I'm still not sure their current location is any good.