Help with planning my garden
Hi there. I am a complete gardening novice so have absolutely no clue where to start with planning my very first garden!
It's only a small garden, about 9m x 9m and we have built raised beds, all about a metre wide and varying in length. One is about 3m long and the other is an L-shape with one side 4m long and the other side about 3m. Then at the back there will be a large patio area with BBQ etc. and a small lawn in the middle.
I already have a smallish Fatsia Japonica, a small Acer and a few little ferns. In the smaller bed, I'd like some big, tall, leafy plants, the patio area is behind that bed and I want it to be sort of screened from view of the house. I thought the Japonica and the Acer will get pretty big so they might be best there but I think they will take a few years to get big so I was looking for some suggestions for some nice leafy plants, maybe some which will have nice flowers, that will grow quickly.
I like ferns, spiky leaved plants and also plants with big leaves. I wanted some bamboo but I heard that can spread really quickly and take over, is there a way you can stop it from spreading?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.