Posted: 15/10/2013 at 19:39
Huya romanalungbarrow......again, another brilliant name!
Please test your soil first. It's very easy. Soil sounds very fertile judging by your description.
I would put in just a couple of nice shrubs.....these are dependent on what your soil test tells you. Plus some bulbs...daffodils, tulips, hyacinths. You can move these later if you need to in the spring. Also a few bare root wallflowers. All for colour now and spring.
Busy-lizzie's advice about a good garden book is perfect. Use the winter to read up on plants and keep an open mind. However, understand your soil conditions and situation and grow plants that will suit them. Don't try and grow things that won't like your conditions. And talk to your neighbours ESP those tending their gardens and ESP those with nice gardens. Ask their advice.....bet they will give you some plants and tell you where and how to grow them. As with everything, gardening is a learning curve but it's fun all the way