Please help with garden dilemma
Hope the below linked picture works.
My plan is to add turf in the border to the left and at the back Areas marked in black. Then the remaining border. Reason is I find the borders quite labour intensive with weeding and I'd like to extend the lawn for kids to play. However, I am unsure what shrubs and how many to put in that corner to the left side of back wall.
It gets a bit of sun but only in the afternoon and near the fence is pretty shaded. Was thinking of getting a Japanese acer and a hydraganea in there. But was wondering if just haveing a few shrubs against the back wall would look a bit crap? Do you think it needs more depth i.e. one or two taller shrubs behind the ones in front to give it layers/contrast. Any advice on shrubs or anything really.
Also above that wall is a fence and the backs of other houses which are not so pretty...I think it's too high to block it all out but any ideas welcome. Suppose i could build up the soil high at the back wall and plant really tall plants to cover up the back wall, fence and view of the houses to the back but that seems a more difficult and expensive job right now.
Any ideas welcome
By the way the tree to the right is a laburnum tree and blossoms bright yellow in June only.