Sometimes you can have too much choice, too much information. This photo is of one of the planting areas in our back garden which is due for a major reworking this year. Trouble is, I have an idea in my head what I want it to look like, and have spent hours looking at my gardening books, sites on the internet, and now have accumulated so much 'stuff', so many ideas, I am bewildered.
The area itself is east-facing, so it gets all the morning sun once it moves past the house, and then at a certain time of day, is in shade due to the mature silver birch on the left hand side. Then, depending on time of year and day, it is also shaded towards the back by a tall pyracantha hedge. Now both of these shade-inducing plantings are staying - the pyracantha provides the back drop to what will be an entirely enclosed gravel garden, which has only evergreen, non-flowering plants, a quiet area with seating and fountain for thinking and being quiet, and apart from that, blackbirds nest in it every year and love all the berries. (Part of the pyracantha can be seen on the right of the photo, as it is taken looking across the area from the right hand side where there is a path.)
There are other plants which will stay.. a 'Bridal Wreath' which has a niche cut into it for a small statue of Ceres... three delphiniums... two peonies... alchemilla... the stinking lilies (nothing personal!)... a small shrub with delicate blue flowers and dusty green foliage whose name I have obviously forgotten, and maybe a buddleia. Going to other places are a euonymus, a tall heather, both of which can be seen in the middle of the photo. Going to the compost is an old hydrangea, lots of marjoram which has seeded itself everywhere, wallflowers, and other bits of rubbish. There is a small posh Christmas tree in a pot which can be seen in the photo, but that is being moved to a permanent position nearer the patio. There is also a large bright red crocosmia right of centre which will probably stay. If I could find a home for it, it would probably move, since see this as a mix of blues, purples, pinks, white. There are also masses of nigella seedlings which pop up, and aquilegia too.
What I see in my mind's eye is a mass of colour.... I love daisy type flowers, gerberas (though never have any luck with them so won't bother again, and verbascum don't seem to like it here either) I want a mix of flowers of different heights, propose buying them in threes or fives... mixed in with grasses and foliage, perennials mainly, something evergreen as well.
The soil is alkaline side of neutral by the way. And the size is approximately 25 feet from left to right, and twelve to fifteen feet front to back... it gets wider to the right hand side near the path.
So, anyone else growing in similar conditions who might know what goes and doesn't? All practical suggestions and ideas welcome, thank you.