Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:05
I'd agree with B'cupdays. Get rid of the grass - more trouble than it's worth, and you won't need to worry about access as you can use gravel or bark with easy to maintain planting in it, which you can walk across.
I'd go for shrubs, mainly evergreen, and use some perennials in between or around them as space allows. I'd also keep those to the 'house side' of the shrubs, to avoid people trampling on them when they're dormant. You can add spring bulbs to extend the seasonal interest too, which are also easy. Some of those in planters and pots for the manhole covers would be good, and you can swap those for some annuals in summer and an easy evergreen (or nothing at all) over winter, to give some variation. Keep it simple as you'll be busy enough with your children.
Keep the back garden for plants which need more attention, as you'll be in that more with the youngsters
Last edited: 04 March 2017 10:06:28