Suggestions please for this side of my front garden. The border is 39 feet long, ten feet wide at the street end, narrowing gradually to six feet beside the house. Three years ago, it was full of rather unlovely trees and large shrubs, most of which I had cut down because I wanted to use it for veg. I kept the beech for its noble, native loveliness, and the elder for the sake of the birds and bees. They have spread into the vacant space and their crowns are almost touching. Next month I plan to reduce the spread of the elder, and the tree man I used before is coming to reduce the height and spread of the beech. I've built raised beds behind the house for the veg, so now I want to make this a flower border, with some of the more attractive looking food plants as well.
I want to keep the elder, beech, fuchsia and rain butt where they are. Other than that, my only firm ideas are apple trees against the side wall/fence, and asparagus towards the back of the bed so I can eat the spears then enjoy the foliage.
The green boxes are there to exclude light from the multiple stumps of a palm which was cut down three years ago and refuses to die. It keeps sprouting tufts of leaves. I thought I might leave it be, surround it with something bushy to hide the stumps, and regard the leaves, which are quite attractive, as part of the display. That's what I'll do if I fail to starve it into submission.
We're on the North Wales coast. I've never tested the pH but a neighbour who has says it's a little the alkaline side of neutral. The front of the house faces west, our winters are wet and windy but we don't get extremes of temperature. Frosts are rare, and snow never.
Please come up with some ideas I'd never have thought of.