Posted: 22/03/2014 at 08:35
Welcome Andy - if you want any plants identified, take a few pix and post them and lots of people here will help. I'm guessing the red flowering shrub in the shade could be a Rhododendron or Camellia too!
If you're keen to put apple trees in those pots - go for it - I did the same last year as I had nowhere to plant them in this present garden. It sounds like the garden is quite shady and you may struggle with getting grass to look decent unfortunately, especially if children are playing on it, but you can get seed which grows better in shade so it may be worth looking at sowing some of that in future. Take a look at what other people have in their gardens as that's a good indicator of the soil and what will be happy in it. Raised beds can make it easier to grow things which may not be happy elsewhere, so planting in that might be quite different from other parts of the garden. If the lavender's thriving in it - the soil is possibly quite different from the part where the rhodo/camellia is.
And keep asking questions - it's how we all learnt!