Help needed for dull new-build garden
I am trying to create an interesting and relaxing garden to enjoy but am totally new to gardening so would really appreciate some thoughts that may help me.
Currently the garden is a grass patch with seven birch trees along the back fence and two field maples on the left. I have tried to take a picture of the plan. The problem is our two dogs, who will eat everything! I think our plan is to run a picket fence around the interior to create fenced borders along the three boundaries.
Any planting needs to be tall to help with privacy. I would like it to look fairly minimal and contemporary with bamboo, grasses and evergreen shrubs, etc. Just not sure how to achieve this!
The garden faces northeast and has a alkaline clay soil. Near the house is very shaded, while the back fence is fairly sunny.
Any help or hints much appreciated.