Help me choose the right plants
Am currently working on our back garden and am trying to learn! It's west-facing, slopes uphill and is overlooked by another house in winter when the leaves from the tree opposite fall. It's all clay. I've divided it in two zones in an attempt to handle the slope and overlooking, also adding trellis.
Please can I have your ideas on planting - I'm totally stumped! It's for the back part of the garden - images below. There is a gravel zone with shrubs and pots with bay, box and olive, and the back part which is what I'm currently focusing on, being lawn (if you can call it that - don't ask about the shocking fail in the photos!) with laurels to the left and red robin to the right.
I can't decide on what to do to the back and right border. To the right I have red robins which are lovely and will hopefully grow to distract the eye from the shed a little (which I'd like to hide as much as possible), and a few bamboos in raised big pots which I've just moved from elsewhere (I'd rather not put it in the ground!). I can't decide if I should keep them somehow in their current location (as I think they look a little strange there), just sell them on, or move down to the gravel area for extra seclusion? And I'm really unsure about the back raised bed - a focal point/visual full-stop would help the garden but not sure how to do this with planting that will be in harmony with the rest of the garden. It's a tricky spot too as underneath the dappled shade of the tree. It would also be nice to get some kind of height back there to distract from the looming house, but again not sure.
- Should I move the bamboo from the lawned zone into the gravel zone or get rid? (In which case, what do you recommend to use in its place in the right border?)
- What should I put in the raised bed at the back?