Posted: 31/12/2015 at 19:35
You are never going to lose the memories, but it is sensible to try to simplify things, for easier maintenace.
It doesnt have to be picture perfect, though we'd all like that sometimes, just reflect your taste. Grow dahlias, but yes in pots may be easier. You already have a love of roses & know what you like.
Mulching although an effort initially works wonders to improve, maintain the soil & suppress the inevitable weeds. BTW new bark chippings direct on beds not adviseable- they need to be rotted down a bit first, or used on paths or in a wooded area which is less planted.
Lots of plants already mentioned are almost no maintenance, nothing really is, but by careful research- ask on here- you can make a more informed choice.
Gardening can be a form of therapy IME, but once the bug bites.... J.