How to design a flower bed
I'm starting aa flower bed from scratch and am completely out of my depth. Please help! I removed half a dozen conifers from the garden last year and cut the stumps as low as possible. I then built a raised bed on top of the stumps with the intention of hiding them while they slowly decay. The stumps range from about 6" to 14" diameter and the bed is about 12" high, by 14 yards long, by 3'-4' deep. I've finished the raised bed but this is now an intimidatingly large space to fill for someone be to gardening like myself! How do you design a flower bed from scratch? There's an overwhelming array of things to choose from. Is it best just to go to a garden centre and pick half a dozen plants and build from there, or is it better to plan it all from scratch? My personality makes me want to do the latter, but that's overwhelming. I think I want a mixture of shrubs and flowers for the height variation - the shrubs would obviously need to go between the stumps so the roots can establish. In case you want to suggest specific plants, please bear in mind that it's next to an east-facing fence so primarily receives morning/midday sun. 2-3 yards is also under a tree so received very little sun. I assume drainage is okay as it's a raised bed. We're in the south east of England so we have a warm climate by UK standards. I'd considered lily of the valley in the most shaded parts but heard they're poisonous and hard to eradicate. Is this a particular problem? We have children in the garden.