Planting plan for front garden
Hi anyone who can offer some advice on design /planting schemes. I’ve got a blank canvas for a front garden and am looking for some help with coming up with a planting plan on clay soil which gets a lot of sun in the afternoon into the evening (south westerly facing).
You can see the idea of the design so far below but I'm not sure which plants to go for and how to fill it out.
I wouldn’t mind getting in someone just to help do a planting plan as I’ve got the design layout, if not too expensive. But I’m not sure where to look for someone who’s happy to do one without any of the added services I don’t need - just a plan for which plants and where.
I thought about edging the circle of paving with a run of lavender and salvias, and go for prairie style planting in between the lavender paving edge and fence / perimeter shrubs? Also wanted to plant a tree near the front (see drawing) to help with screening for our window. I’ve got a small magnolia tree I could use but presume that will take a while to grow? An obvious choice is to go for some kind of cherry blossom type? What other trees would be good and can offer some varied seasonal interest?
I'm not sure whether to go for more formal hedging (not privet) to the front or mixed key shrubs which give a looser hedge / screening effect. What kind of shrubs could I use for a mixed / looser screening along both fences to give some height and privacy? Perhaps mixing photina with some others, or buddleia because it’s fast growing? How much space would you leave between each planting? The front feels very exposed and overlooked from the street, the houses opposite and from the neighbour’s side (it’s a semi, so left side is overlooked by neighbour’s window right next to ours).
I was thinking of having a tall trellis to provide screening along the section of fence up to the house wall for climbers - to screen the neighbour’s window and their bins next to fence.
I’ve got some small shrubs which I could use in the front instead of back garden - can you imagine where I could use any of these - rhododendron, pyracantha, escalonia and cherry laurel (and small magnolia)?
And finally what to do about the beds on either side of the front door. Should I plant in matching shrubs on either side and /or combine with climbers up the wall? Or stick to a couple of matching pots but with what on either side?
Any pointers and suggestions very welcome!