Posted: 21/10/2012 at 12:53
No time to read all the above, George. Where in the country is your new abode? I'm on the South-East Coast, so soil and drainage are where I'd start. I'd get stuck in designing a rough layout. It's amazing how that can change as you get going. I started gardening from scratch only 3 summers ago with a garden which had no flowers and hardly any beds. All shrubs and trees. Also shade all along one side like your's. I've got so interested that I opened it up the public for charity last year. Huge success. It has massive variety of plants from full sun to full shade, plus loads of hardy exotics. I started with a subscription with Gardener's World, which I STUDIED each month. I also bought 'The Gardener's Year' by Alan Titchmarsh (published by Readers' Digest)...brilliant!,and through Amazon I bought the RHS A-Z Encyclopaedia of Gardening Plants (greatly reduced). Because I learnt by doing and reading I'm now an official plant triallist for the UK's largest on line supplier.....so, if I can do it so can you!....from scratch! EVERYTHING depends on your answers to my above two questions. Also, I built a brand new garden extension which was a builder's side yard....5 tightly packed skips full! Now I have a 19' X 5' wildlife pond. I also have a 10000 ltr pond in my main garden. A bid pond in the middle, with possibly a bog pond beside would be a great start as you can work from that.......I also bought a (must have) greenhouse, which is in a part shade area, and tow slectric propagators; I have saved huge amounts of money this way. I also have well established trees....for your garden a must, BUT be very careful to ensure you buy from a very reputable garden centre where I bought beautiful, inexpensive, unusual and exotic trees which do not create much shade (you have to think ahead....a tree blocking light in the wrong place will cause you future problems). I could go on and on!!! Good luck! PPC.