Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:09
I agree with Fairygirl, the border is much too narrow. To have any impact and allow you to grow a variety of plants it needs to be much wider. Agree also to be patient (cup in hand) and wait to see what look each season brings to the garden - light, shade. If you've already got some shrubs, start thinking about perennials. Check out the soil type. An easy way to do this is look at what's already there, and also check out what's in the neighbourhood.
ALWAYS check out the final size of any plant you buy, especially trees and shrubs. Just because it looks a nice little plant in the nursery doesn't mean it's not going to be 30ft high and 15 feet wide in 10 years time .
Ispiration comes through looking at other gardens - visiting famous (and not so famous) ones, in books, on-line. You don't have to do it all at once. I think it's fun as well as cheaper, to build it as you go along. Though I admit to being more of a female Bob Flowerdew than a Chelsea Flower Show designer