Like the other helpful members of this forum I welcome you here and wish you well on your enterprise. IMHO some important information is missing from your query, i.e. the exact size of your garden. A rough sketch with a scale & compass rose & total area would help.
A combination of long working hours and terrible weather means I haven't been able to see the garden in daylight yet this week, so I'll get some photos etc over at the weekend!
Just to add, all the RHS books had a massive update in 2000 adding a useful key code feature and new plants. All editions since then are identical but for the covers so if you find a 15 year old second hand version for £2 it will be identical to the £30 2017 version.
RIght, so I'm going to post pictures of the existing plants - any ideas on which should remain, which might need to go and any other observations very welcome (e.g. there appears to be a layer of moss over the soil which has completely hardened - needs digging up?)
Large files so I'll do a series.
(I would like to get rid of the last one, but it;s stuck firmly in!)
And some more...
Can anyone help with ID'ing these?
Hi Paul165, the picture of the last one which you said is 'firmly in the ground', any chance you could post a further picture of the branches close-up? They look like something between Araza Microphylla or possibly Lornicera Nitida.
Your latest batch of photos, the first one is looking like the last one, but may need another closer look at leaves. At the moment it looks like Viburnum Tinus.
You have some really mature specimens. It is best to be patient and wait another year to see how they perform and whether you like them or not. Particularly shrubs, they are the backbone of a garden setting and they will normally support a host of wildlife. You are extremely lucky to have so many shrubs and trees to start with. Looks like a garden that was once well loved.
Paul165, I had a look at that shrub that you said is firmly in the ground, and I now think it's Sophora Microphylla. You may see yellow flowers soon.