Front Garden Borders -a blank canvas
I have just moved from a flat with no garden to a house with a big front and back garden and I am suddenly feeling slightly overwhelmed
I thought I would start at the front as it has been nice at some point and has a relatively well defined border. So far I have managed to strim the grass (need a 2nd pass) and clear out most of the borders which were completely overgrown in weeds and grass. I've attached a couple of pics. I have a few questions:
1. At this time of year am I best to just keep everything tidy ready to be developed next year, or can I start planting things now?
2. What is that grass with the big orange flowers? Should I keep them or rip them out?
3. How do I find out what type of soil I have?
4. One of the borders is mostly roses, is there a "roses for dummies"book I should read? I have been dead heading them over the past couple of weeks, no idea if that's right or not.
Any help will be greatly received, many thanks in advance.