Ideas for a novice, but keen gardener with a South-west facing garden
My boyfriend and I are renovating our Edwardian house and garden. We haven't yet started much of the building work and in lieu ofappointing a builder we've started on the garden. It was completely derelict so the garden was a jungle overrun with brambles, nettles. bindweed and a strange mound at the end which turned out to be multiple layers of concrete and brick patios as well as a Victorian tip!!
We've started de-weeding, levelling the ground and the earth is full of stones, rocks, random glass, objects so I expect it to take us some time before it is ready for grass seed let alone actual plants. In the meantime we want to develop our longer term plans to keep us on track and motivated! We are both complete gardening beginners. I would be grateful for any comments.
My thoughts so far include:
A patio near the house, shed/ bike storage, some lawn area, a design that brings wildlife in, keen for the garden to be fragrant, I'm thinking a limited colour palette of purple, white and greens and want to maximise textures. Plants on my wish list include wisteria, lavender, jasmine, bamboo, ferns, succulents - no idea yet if these would work in combination or are compatible with our setting.
Ground is a real mix of London clay in parts, gravel/ sandy in others but I suspect that is in part a hangover from it's tip history!
The garden is south-west facing, 19m x 7.5m.
Above is a photo of the current as is - our boundary on the right is at the edge of the muddy bit/ starts at the end of the concrete wall before the tree, we are yet to put up a fence.
Any ideas much appreciated,