Posted: 12/02/2016 at 15:41
Lin, can your sister get hold of any compost,,manure etc? Digging in plenty of compost will dramatically make a difference.
a narrow border is often more difficult than a wider one so try for as wide as possible
ok.....get rid of that bamboo for q start...she hates it. I hate it
how much sun does the garden get? If its sunny and warm check out lavendar, buddleias, hypericum hidcote, hebes, pittosporum. (Pittosporum garnettii will obscure that oil tank) phormiums, santolinas, eunymous emerald n gold, cotinus Grace, senecio (nice silver grey evergreen with yellow flowers), caryopteris, cerastostigma, hollies, veronicas, hardy salvias, grasses like stipa tennuissima, sedum autumn joy, ........I could go on and on.
look for shape,,winter colour, and scent
if your garden is in dry shade there are just as many plants you can select.