Posted: 12/01/2014 at 17:15
Hi all I'm in the process of a complete re-design of my back garden. What we have currently is a complete mares tail infested mess, which is being ripped out. The only two plants I'm likely to keep is a peony we found a couple years back and a poppy (not that there's anything else in the garden lol). Anyway the point. I'm looking for planting ideas for the side garden (as I refer to it) alongside the garage. I've attached a image of back garden design (with a few dimensions - if you can read them). The bit I'm on about is at the narrow end of the garden to the side of the building. This leads out to the courtyard where we park so we will use the path a lot. I'd estimate the borders on either side of the path (planned as gravel with brick edging and paver stepping stones) to be about 80cm deep.
That bit of the garden is south facing (from the back gate), but will get a fair amount of shade from the fence (5'6" or there abouts) and garage (so I'd class it as part shade). The soil in most of the garden is fairly light, edging towards loam. But as this bit is currently under a layer of concrete its anyone's guess what I'll find. I'm anticipating needing to dig lots of manure/compost in before planting. pH currently unknown (soil testing is planned).
So what would you do? I've been thinking about a white theme in the planting, with lots of green foliage plants. Even better if I can get year round interest and scented plants. Not too sure if it will work mind. Also not sure what colour to paint the garage. Its currently a bit of a greeny grey colour which is a bit dull and depressing. As the one garage wall is south facing it get a lot of sun so can't be too bright.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated (or comments/suggestions on the overall design). Its my first attempt at garden design and I'm fairly new to gardening, so lots to learn. Can't wait to get started