New planting for front garden wall
Dear forum members,
I am virtually new to gardening and suddenly responsible for a house with a big back garden not much tended for ten years. I have had the front garden paved so that careworkers can park and have a biggish unplanted bed. I would like some advice as I can't make up my mind what to put in. I think some things might need planting now and some in the spring. I am not going to have the time and energy to plant much, and the house might need to be sold so I don't want to go on my taste alone.
The garden faces east and gets most light from east and south. In fact, I am tempted to put pots or growbags with tomatoes and aubergines at the left, as it's the biggest unshaded south-facing area back or front. But that's not the issue here!
Originally there was a beautyberry (I'm tempted to get another as passers-by so often commented), a big white rose (bush rose?), a rowan tree and some eryngium.
I need something low-maintenance and probably ground cover too. I don't really like creeping juniper and some other evergreens I see all round this garden suburb. I was thinking of a variegated holly.
The builder offered to put 'weed membrane' in but I said no. However, something like this might be good. I like the look of slate chippings but maybe mulch of some sort is easier to handle. I have someone to do heavy work. At the moment, all the area contains is small weeds which I intend to remove by hand and fox and cat footprints.
Many thanks in advance for any ideas.