North-east facing front garden ideas
Hello, this is my first post. Im a complete novice, but am willing to learn. I love plants and really want to sort out both my front and back garden. For now, im sorting out the front as it's smaller and, at the moment, bare.
I moved in 2 years ago and when we got here the border to the right had some ivy on the wall and some sort of unknown shrub which had gone out of control. The border to the left and front were over grown with bluebells. It was all messy and so i've spent some time digging out bulbs and roots etc. Ive added some compost and now I want to plant some things.
The Soil is clay, im guessing probably neutral but as yet I havent tested it. My neighbours gardens are mostly bare gravel or paving except to my right who have planted roses and small conifers just last year and some other bits. Large trees are out the front across the pathway.
I would like something that flowers, provides some green, looks interesting and doesnt get too big as the photo below is taken from my master bedroom window looking down on the garden. The house is on a hill, garden faces approximately north east and gets not much sun, maybe a few hours in the morning, but due to houses/trees in the way and the wall height its pretty much in shade. My neighbours to the left successfully grow hydrangeas in containers, they are pretty large though!! (the plants, not the neighbours)
I like hydrangeas, roses, camellias, lavender, hellebores, fuschias. Basically im stuck as to what to plant. some sort of shrub along the left border?? The borders are about 40cm width, 2.5m length. I dont really want to dig them any wider. Id be interested in having some containers of things along the small path directly in front my of my lounge window.
To the left of this picture would be my front door at the top of the steps. There is a large drop down over the left to next door. It can sometimes get quite windy in the winter, if that makes a difference.