Posted: 23/02/2015 at 14:15
Lucky you, a new garden and lots of planning to do.
I agree re the pine tree it does look too big for your garden, and if it was mine it would have to go. (others on the forum might disagree).
You need to decide what you want to do in the garden first, do you want an area for sitting or entertaining. Do you think you would like a pond. Do you want to create new paths etc.
I'd start by looking at gardens on the internet, in your road and public gardens to get an idea of the style that you like. There are also some good gardening books around that can provide you with inspiration. You may be surprised at what is already in your garden and I'd take photos and make a list of what comes up when for the first year. Also record how the sun moves across you garden because it will help when deciding on planting and where to site seating areas etc.
As a rule of thumb, once you have decided on the style you like get the structure right first ie Hard landscaping, Trees and shrubs. Make sure you choose ones that are a suitable size when fully grown. Once the structure is in place then I would move on to filling in the gaps with smaller shrubs and perennials etc.
I dont know how much time or money you can afford to spend, but a garden can swallow up lots of both so take that into account when you are planning.
Creating a new garden is fabulous so take your time and enjoy it. Everyone on here is very friendly and always happy to try and identify individual plants or make suggestions for a particularly tricky spot.