Child friendly ideas for East facing garden with clay soil and vast bay tree
I am a year in to my new garden which has clay soil( I don't know the ph but have just ordered a tester), faces east and has a huge bay tree on the southfacing fence, the roots of which seem to stretch out halfway across the garden. We live in London so its not a big garden but comfortable.
I have great intentions but little knowhow! It was a jungle when we moved in and I've slowly cleared it out but I'm now at a bit of a loss what to do! With little kids I'd like to encourage wildlife and also have child friendly plants which aren't too precious nor spikey but still have colour and interest.
I'd love any suggestions which plants would be best suited to this type of garden and also to know if its possible to grow anything under the bay tree?
Many thanks for any advice!