Posted: 28/10/2014 at 09:12
Good advice above. You may have some nice surprises come spring in the form of snowdrops, crocus etc I'd check out your soil ph, have a good look around the area and see what other people have planted and what is doing well.
Lay an old hose pipe on the ground where you think you may like your pond and see what light/shade it gets - if its too awkward a site - too close/too far away from house etc.
Cut out pics from magazines of what you think you'd like over the winter and do all your research - encourage wildlife by feeding the birds, hedgehogs etc to see what's in the area and keep a list of all you see. My wildlife list continues to grow having been in my house 19 years - I still get surprises!!