Posted: 23/04/2012 at 13:41
Yvonne, you are doing well each and every one of us on these boards had to learn some of us being lucky in that we had parents with an interest in gardening to teach us. Look at your garden as not a whole but in manageable sections and tackle one bit at a time, if you start off with more than one project something suffers and gardening is long term. I would say take plenty of cuttings from what you have and bring them on to fill bare parts. next month you can sow seed straight into the soil so a few packets of cheap seed will soon fill areas for you. The obelisk mentioned is a good idea but you can also grow runner beans up them as well so flowers greenery and something for the pot. Some trellis or wires on the fences and grow climbers from fruit to roses Clematis or whatever you fancy. This time of year you could find sales on plants going over their best, you get to see what you are buying but it is planning for next season, they will be settled and flowering normally.
A word on borders, one skinny border looks nothing you need a bit of depth with from the fence tall plants and working to the front smaller plants. Lay out a hose pipe or line in a serpentine shape and alter it until you have what looks well then with a bottle filled with dry sand mark the outline you like, take a deep breath and start cutting. Any turf you lift stack upside down in a corner of the garden and leave for a year, you will have some lovely potting soil from that.
A bit at a time Yvonne, I look out each morning on a long row of lovely Primroses which have lasted weeks, they came from one plant I was given years ago which I split year by year until I have a border length of them, you can do the same, it takes a little patience.