Posted: 20/03/2013 at 21:04
Ok, Sunny, clay. Is it exposed? Have you tested your soil? It's important to find out if it's acid or alkaline. It will determine what plants you can grow well and which you cannot.
Also, when you know your conditions grow plants suitable for those conditions.
A sort of framework is advisable I think. a few shrubs both deciduous and evergreen that you really like and to provide interest in winter as well as in summer.
Get to know about plants....think about foliage, form, shape and colour as well as flower colour. Think about scent throughout the year.
You can fill in spaces with annuals whilst you are learning about your site.
Dont rush into buying loads of plants now....your tastes will change too as your appreciation of the range of plants you can grow increases.
When you know your conditions buy plants at different times of the year ensuring you have something you like as the year progresses