Front garden ideas?
Bit of background first.... we moved into our house July 2014 from a flat (so this is our first garden) and I gave the (neglected) garden a year to fully understand what was there, what should stay and what should go.
The only thing I kept in this front garden is the peony in the left hand side just on the shadow line. Everything else went, including a horrible 'rockery' in the top left hand corner.
You are looking north towards the fence, so as you can see we've got morning sun . As its a semi detached, the existing shadow bottom-left gets no sun at all.
The top right hand corner gets a lot of sun once it gets higher in the sky, then top left gets another hit later in the afternoon.
I did a bit of planting yesterday - the Escallonia apple blossom top left in front of 3 verbena bonarienseis (moved from the back garden), next to it Nandina domestica Richmond. I also put in 3 rudbeckia goldsturm next to the Nandina (again moved from the back garden). Finally just this side of the tree stump is cornus Alba aurea, a small gillenia trifoliata and closer still a random wallflower with a couple of allium globemasters
In the mid top right against the fence there's a ceanothus skylark, choisya ternata and some bulbs a little closer to the grass.
I have plans for the top left corner (across to the ceanothus), to put in Astrantia, poppies, another gillenia trifoliata, some heleniums, verbena bonariensis lollipop, echinops and some foxgloves.
Everything from the choisya (top right) and anti-clockwise is decent easy digging soil, the extreme top right segment is thick clay right from the surface and also has an area approx 3' square next to the fence which is shallow (about 6" max) due to being over the brick drain. All is slightly acidic.
If you are still reading (sorry for the waffle!) I'd like some suggestions for the lower left hand corner (full shade), mid left (part shade) and top right hand area (after the bulbs fade in late spring there will only be the choisya and ceonathus there...). Also would there be anything that would scramble along the fence at the top?
Ideally I'd like all year round interest....
Many thanks in advance.