Site cleared of weeds... now what?
I spent a nice day off work yesterday in the sunshine hand digging some perennial nasties from a bare soil area dotted with a few shrubs/plants. Horsetail, varied grasses, some self heal spilled over from the lawn, couple of dandelions.
This has now left a large area of bare soil, so no doubt without doing anything I'll be repeating the same work in a few weeks or so, ongoing until I do something.
A few of the plants are misplaced and need moving, and a good amount of new plants need to be put in to create a new border (it's not big though)
Should I small bark chip mulch the lot to suppress any more weeds til Autumn, and plant then?
OR, should I buy what I need now, and plant ASAP? (then mulch round the remaining patches).
My concern is that peak of summer is neither the best time to plant or to purchase, as everything is at full price right now. However, is planting now fine as long as it's not a really hot day and hasn't rained for a while?
Am I better off planting ASAP to establish them before winter? Or shall I buy cheaper in autumn, plant them in Autumn?
Or just wait and buy and plant in spring?
I'm mainly talking here about perennials, Astrantia (Major Alba, Florence or Rose Symphony), Geranium (Rozanne), Calamagrostis (Karl Foerster), Aster (Monch), Ragged Robin, Centaurea, Knautia, Hellebore Foetidus, Dryopteris, probably other geraniums (a shade one), Clematis (I've not yet decided on what season this should be flowering at, but my leaning is towards winter/spring). I need some evergreens too, there are two viburnums but they are pretty small and drown out at the moment.
I have a picture if that helps.