Posted: 20/05/2017 at 22:55
there is no such thing as a stupid question, don't worry about how silly or maybe basic you think the question is, ask away. The daft thing is not asking and getting demoralised If there are losses or mistakes.
On the subject of mistakes, we've all made them, and nature has a habit of laughing at us occasionally too. The NGS scheme expects the gardens to be of a high standard, and for me unattainable in my plot as I work full time. The owners have probably spent weeks or months getting the garden up to scratch if you've got the time it's lovely. Most of the battle with plants is the right soil and the right place, get that bit sorted and you've done most of the work. From what you've already posted some of the rubble has gone and the top soil is being delivered. That's a huge start and a good one too. If you have some good neighbours, they are likely to be chopping their plants or dividing them at some stage, and I'm sure will be only too happy to donate some small plants to you if you would like them.
If you've got the budget and would like some instant effect, there is no reason why you can't invest in some larger specimens. But look around, take your time. Natures time for planting is the autumn, so kick back, water your turf well and walk on the fresh grass until you can work out what you would like where. There are many on here who would be delighted to give you advice on their experiences of particular plants and situations.