Posted: 20/05/2017 at 16:43
Take one small portion at a time to do. You could lay the rest to lawn the meantime As the maintenance is simple ish and prevents you having to weed all of the time. Why do you want to use the garden and what do you want to use it for? No point in having a desire for pristine bowling green lawn if you've got family that want to play footie or a swing there.
If you've just finished renovations, take a break and think about your garden, look at it from different views. Garden for the long term and not the short term, but a few well chosen plants can give you a bit of a view in the short term as well as a seasonal pot to look at and look after, for some colour and cheer.
Have a look at your neighbours gardens, what works in their garden and what isn't there. Accept you can't have everything you would like. I love azaleas and rhododendrons and camellias but I'm on Cotswold limestone, so only have a single in a pot!
Im afraid you'll have to start with the foundations for the garden and that's the ground prep and soil preparations. Please don't spend a fortune on plants, to put them into impoverished and unimproved soil as they will not thrive and you'll be even more disappointed. And have wasted money in the process. buy them when youre ready to put them in.
If you've a local garden club and it's your thing, go along. If it's not your thing go along anyway to pick others brains about what to do. If you know a local gardener or designer, it may be worth spending the money for an hour of their time for their views and advice.
There are plants for every situation, but definitely the right plant right place in right soil