Small front bit taking up grass, planting conifers
I have a bit of garden by the front gate, south east facing, wall behind it, but quite exposed to west wind, currently poor quality grass.
I am planning to take out the grass, plant conifers in a layered fashion, different colours and shapes, and i am sold on a climbing rose for the wall behind, Pauls Himalayan Musk. All with bark chips or gravel so low maintenance (is there such a thing?)
First - should kill off the grass now, or do i have to dig out dead grass same as live, so might as well just dig? should i leave the grass and dig a circle for the plants? am quite lazy, so advice here would be good!
Conifers,should i just get what looks good in the shop? I did see a lovely looking one called japanese umbrella pine, but kind of expensive! I dont have much idea about conifers, but i think they would be just right for that area.