Advice for low maintenance garden.
Hello, I'm new to this forum, and new to gardening in general, really.
I'm looking for some advice and ideas to create a relatively fuss-free, low-maintenance ideas for my garden. I'd really like something nice to look at all year round.
My garden is south facing - and is pretty big really. There are two beds already in situ. I'd like to add another, but will get these two up to standard first.
The two big problems I'm facing are weeds and slugs. I imagine this is a problem for everybody. I've tried slug pellets (animal friendly ones because I have a dog), but they don't seem to work. I've tried egg shells, which haven't worked, and I've tried laying dog hair around the plants, and that hasn't worked, for combating the slugs.
I have real problems with my joints and am unable to bend, at all - and so I can't really weed the garden. My partner does it when he comes to stay, but they're popping up all over the place. I think the ideal is to create a bed which can effectively smother these weeds.
This is bed number 1:
I wanted this one to be filled with blues and purples. There's already a few bits in there, but a lot has been destroyed by the aforementioned slugs. Does anybody have any ideas as to what I should be putting in there, that can help to create that weed-smothering colourful carpet I'm hoping for?
My partner said he chucked some seeds in there - love in a mist, or something. I think that's what all the little green seedlings are - I can't really tell which they are, and which are new weeds.
I can't remember what this plant is, but I remember the label saying it would flower until September. But it looks dead to me. What should I do with it?
I have lots of little baby plants which I'm trying to grow on, which will hopefully go into this bed when they are big enough:
There is more than what is pictured. I've got about 10 trailing campanula, 12 campanula, 12 lithodora and 6 delphiniums. Are these any good? I'm been largely choosing plants on desired colour - maybe this is the wrong thing to do.
You might be able to see in the background there I've planted up a lavender hedge (hopefully at least). It's about 30 feet in total. How long should I expect to wait until these are knitted together somewhat into an actual hedge? I imagine they won't flower this year, either?
My other bed, I've tried to stick to whites:
I don't know what else can go in there? There is a buddleja at the very back, but it's very small and so I don't think it will grow up enough to flower until next year.
Thank you all for reading, and thanks in advance for any advice. Please be gentle, I'm very new and really have no idea what I'm doing!