Any advice here would be VERY much welcomed....
I moved into a new-build property in late June, and I'm now getting around to looking at the rear garden. It's East facing, so it gets plenty of sun in the morning, and as the border sections get plenty in the afternoon too.
My knowledge of gardening is somewhat limited, but it's something I'm beginning to take a keen interest in, and therefore I want to make sure I get this right.
I've enclosed a couple of pictures so you've a visual, but I'm thinking of doing the following:-
a) Widening border space to allow for double planting (i.e. a tall shrub against the wall, with smaller perennials/annuals at the front)
b) Taking a semi-circle of grass out about half way up the border, planting a small tree, and surrounding it with some colourful plants/shrubs.
c) Possibly removing the grass in front of the garage (to the right of the garden) and adding some shade loving shrubs there too as the grass is struggling (level of sunlight there is poor)
d) The area behind the garage (a somewhat strange little area) is currently grassed, but that gets little/no sunlight too, so the grass is struggling as well. I thought about taking a good chunk of the grass out and planting something here too.
e) Gradually covering the brickwork with a climber. Boston Ivy, perhaps.
Would love to get some opinions on what I should do with this blank canvass. What I'd really like is to have:-
1) Some privacy from the houses across the street
2) A focal point (the small tree, for example), and then build around it.
Any opinions on the design, and also what types of tree/shrub/plants to use would be most welcomed! Please, help a beginner out!!!