This is what I have as a layout:
Now I just need to figure out what plants to add into the mix. I have hostas already in the garden running along the driveway (see the rock/circular plant section) and some lavender in the section below the porch/house section. We also have some ground covering artemesia (I can't remember which variation). Our soil is loamy (clay) raised beds are necessary.
Aside from how daunting a new garden project feels (kind of like scrapbooking did when I started), I'm trying to figure out how too integrate the hosta river rok line into the English garden so that it flows nicely. Mr Faye thinks we should run rocks in front of the "wild" garden to pull it together. I'm not sure if I like the idea. But even more than that, I'm just having a hard time visualizing it, which is why I tried an app to create the image above. Unfortunately the app can only do so much to help with that and has limited plant options so I can't pull together the plants I'd like. All I can recreate are colours and textures to some extent.
This is the kind of look that I have in mind. With ferns and hostas on the side of the house because we don't have much light there (added problem, our neighbour put up a 6 foot fence along the side of his house so that cuts the light even more).
Or maybe this:
Slowly but surely, I'll figure it out. Of course, then there's the question of soil to go with it all. I'm going with the premise that rich and well drained should hopefully cover all the bases and be a good neutral.
With all the overtime I've worked this year, I have most of the summer off so I'm looking forward to the garden adventure.
I'm also chipping away at the broken finishing that was done to our stairs, like a coat of finishing concrete over the concrete. It was done poorly and has been chipping ever since so now I'm removing it (quite labour intensive) so that I can stencil my stairs.
These are some of the looks I'm considering. I think I'll stick with a grey backdrop with a white stencil as it won't be overkill and take away from the flowers. I love tiled stair mosaics but Mr Faye made a good point when he noted that all the snow shovelling would kill the tile work:
I'm eyeing up the stencil on the bottom right I think but the site has so many amazing stencils that I'm going back and forth. I love the colours, which I think is what is drawing me to this particular design.