Posted: 25/04/2013 at 13:59
I think grassing....regular mowing for now...and growing annuals is sensible. You get to know your soil, etc without great expense.
Plan on paper....tinker, share ideas, decide what you want from your garden, see what grows or could grow in your environment.
Maybe you could compartmentise it to accommodate lots of different "rooms", maybe you want fruit or a veg patch, or a nice lawn or even a pool
Do a PH test on your soil.....to find out if it is acid or alkaline. It makes a,difference as to,what you can grow....e.g. Camelias and rhodododendrons if acid. This is very mportant step to take
Get to know plants ...read up on them. Consider what part of the garden to do first and try to,visualise what it could look like.
A good structure of shrubs, trees, foliage colour, architectural shapes etc. Do you need to,put in a shelter belt....you are near the sea(as I am) to.protect from salt winds?
Lots to consider but exciting to plan
Use the forum to ask questions about suitable,plants or what you think you may want