Posted: 03/09/2013 at 14:27
Thanks for the quick responses. We are in North London and have clay soil. I'm not sure about the ph but will have a look at the neighbours tonight. All i've spotted in their garden so far is roses.
The garden is well sheltered and the sunny bed gets about 8 hours of sun in the summer. One the shaded side, one end doesn't get any sun (this is where we want one shrub) and the other end gets a couple of hours a day. As it is quite a small garden I think more formal (and easy to maintain) so was thinking of a few shrubs in each boarder and then some daffs and snowdrops, and winter roses have also been recommended. Hopefully that will help!!
Gardening is very new to me as this is my first property but it's really exicting (albeit a bit overwhelming) to have a complete blank canvas!!