Posted: 10/06/2013 at 20:54
the whole idea of yours is lovely. as said before do this bit by bit. you dont have to spend too much. the wheelchair will negotiate that lawn.
i would plant some lavenders...a nice row of them. buy a few now...maybe 5....and take cuttings. they will root by the summers end and you will have loads more to plant out.
plant a rosemary too. maybe an artemisia like powys castle which is silvery grey, tactile and scented and a couple of scented shrubs. a choisya is beautifully scented right now. and a Daphne for late wi nter scent.
just plant a few things now, get some annuals for the summer, and plant things as you get to know the garden. i would put in a honeysuckle on one of the fences and a buddleia for the butterflies and bees too.
theres a whole bunch of people here who would like to help you on the way all of us with different ideas. just pick what suits you.
try to enjoy the creation of a lovely garden for your daughter without the stress of worrying about it being done in 5 minutes. when I first started gardening it was the first shrub I planted that attracted me not the area of the garden that still needed to be done. your daughter will love the first plantings...maybe both of you can visit a garden centre and touch and see some of the scented plants there.
you will be amazed at how quickly plants will grow right now