When i first moved into my house i didnt realise the amount of heat that came off the pavers from yard.
I say yard, because it wasn't a garden to me at all.
I found out a year or so after buying the house, that there was a lovely lawn under those big concrete pavers. Hence i never won the fight of grass growing between the cracks..
I also found out it was still being reticulated from under the pavers.
So the first chore was pull up all the pavers..
Find the Reticulation, and redirect it so its not waisting water.
Get rid of the Grass roots and build a new front fence.
( the old one was falling down).
I have attached a before and after pic here...
The items I used:
Midland brick - , Litewall
Rake, Shovel, Gardening Shears, Trowel, Wheel barrow.
Mulch / Manure, 4 different types, To build my sand up to soil standard.
Mushroom, Cow, Worm castings, Bark Medium size.
Black poly pipe and fittings ( spray nozzles for retic).
Small amount of concrete for Archways.
Plants.. Franchipani, Agapanthus Dwarf, Daisies,
Step 1: Working with what you already have.
And getting it down on paper, all the points that stand out, Good and Bad..
Making a hand drawing on a scrap bit of paper and shuffling ideas around.
In this case...
It was what structures and plants do i want to keep ,
And what structure & plants need to go... etc
Also over time i collect images off the net and put them in a folder,
I guess this is similar to cutting out images from a magazines and scrap booking ideas together.
So i go though my folders if something strikes me, i play with the image in paintshop group them together to get the inspiration.
It might take me months or even a year before i find what i like and what really sits well with me, As something like this that is major, i don't want it to be a whim or phase I'm going though.
So when i make up my mind, i have all the information in front of me.
I started with the fence First.