Posted: 17/06/2016 at 14:08
For the bed under the camellia, I would fork in a couple of big bags of ericaceous compost which will improve the fertility for the camellia and then plant shade lovers such as hostas, ferns, geranium macrorhizum, cyclamen hederifolium to give you an extended season of form and colour.
For the rest, it depends on what you want to do and how much time you have. In such a small, shaded space a lawn may well be more bother than it's worth to prepare the soil, plant or sow and then maintain and the dog won't help either.
Build your raised beds for veggies in the sunniest spot and be prepared to limit your crops to things which don't need prolonged sunshine to ripen them so salad leaves and assorted brassicas - see here for more info - http://www.harvesttotable.com/2012/04/vegetables-for-growing-in-shade/
Then make a decision about those paving slabs - keep or throw - and consider making a solid paved area on which to perch a table and chairs securely. The rest of the space should then be cleared, levelled, covered with a weed suppressant membrane which allows water to penetrate and then cover that with gravel or slate chippings or chipped bark according to budget and taste. You can use changing pots of other plants such as spring bulbs, summer bedding, winter interest plants to add colour and form throughout the rest of the year.
You may want to consider painting or staining the fence to make it look smarter and/or plant a climbing rose such as New Dawn which doesn't mind shade and will give lightly scented pale pink flowers. Depends on where your raised beds end up.
Last edited: 17 June 2016 14:10:33