Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:57
Thanks for your replies. I am stupidly excited by having a garden at last, and got a bit too enthusiastic about getting a compost bin and starting it off today!
Overall I veer towards the cottage garden look rather than anything too formal, but think it would look odd in a small 1970s estate garden. At the bottom we have a shed with a space next to it that will home little 'un's wendy house. There should be enough space for a little patch between the two for her to grow some easy to raise flowers and veg. She sowed some lupins today, pack said sowing ok in July so hoping they are a bit forgiving. I'm also planning on growing some veg in containers.
For the main part of the garden I need fairly low maintenance and love structural plants with attractive foliage and flowers. My daughter has vision and hearing problems so I want to make it quite a sensory experience, lots of colour, contrast, scents and textures.
This raised bed is really for my enjoyment as I stand at the sink, but will also be pretty stimulating for her. I checked the seeds and they're a mix of annual, biannual and perennial. The Phacelia tanetifolia looks great, can see already that I'm going to need a diary to write down what I should be planting when!
I have inherited a couple of planters with herbs in (mostly colonised by grass though) so have thyme and mint already. I love the idea of more herbs, especially so conveniently located. I'm going to have to start a proper shopping list.
Thanks for all the ideas!