Posted: 26/04/2017 at 11:10
But I suppose with a border that long, a lot of work to keep it looking that good. I see your point now.
Could you clear areas of long border, leaving choice, easy to maintain shrubs within it and grass around them?
Woodland drift plants around the back, where your wooded area is now, as mentioned above by several people (and me)...and depending on your soil type and exposure, perhaps a dry garden in the hottest part - with non invading grasses, sedums, hardy geraniums, sempervivums, coreopsis, etc...planted with gravel around, along with some good ground coverers and smaller self seeders?
Do you have an area currently in which to sit, which could also be extended and planted up with large shrubs, feature/architectural plants?
Thinking of astelias, Phormiums, grasses again, all very easy and take up space.
Could one area nearer the house become a raised veggie bed?