Garden made of concrete
I bought my first property last year and for the first time I have a garden. I am a complete beginner although both my parents are keen gardeners so I have them to assist me.
I started noting down some ideas for the garden and decided I would find out what type of earth I have. But to my surprise when I moved the little stones covering it and the tiny amount of earth underneath that I found concrete! I was so upset as it has thrown all my plans out the window.
I have 2 patches of real earth, 1 with an ivy tree in which I will be removing. I know I'll have to use raised bedding but I have no idea what you can plant when you're limited on the amount of earth underneath.
My garden is NE/E facing, 8m at longest point and 7m at widest part but it's not a normal rectangle shape, there's a curve and other points coming in and out. It's an enclosed garden with either a wall or high fence on every side and it's my access to my flat so there's a path from the gate to the door.
Any suggestions on design, plants would help. Should I consider digging up the concrete or is that ridiculously expensive?
If I have raised bedding how deep should it be to ensure the plants have enough for their roots to grow? Style wise I want the planting to be relaxed, not formal. With a variety of heights and colour but something to be there for each season.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I have no idea where to start. Thanks