Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:24
Hi Clare, I too am new to gardening so can't offer as much help as others on the forum. But here goes...With regard to the soil I had the same problem, lots of stones, I bought a sieve and painstackingly sifted out most of the stones, the soil is much better and once you start planting it will help the soil. I threw in some annuals, mainly french marigolds this year to get it going. it is a big job, a backbreaker and you will have a problem with what to do with the stones.
I notice you have a lot of containers so you can fill these up while you sort out the soil.
Ps Love you dog!
As for the climbers I like jasmine or honeysuckle as they give off a great fragrance.