I'd love some help with a tricky garden space at our new home. The previous owner was an avid gardener (this patch is just one of many) who grew roses, shrubs and flowers but didn't do any upkeep, apparently for the last 5 years or so. We're left with some unsightly dirt patches with some sparse shrubs and annuals with lots of vacant space that fills in with an abundance of weeds each spring and summer.
We're looking for some options to fill in the space in a cost-effective and visually appealing way, whether that's through greenery, a rock garden, some sod, or a combination. Our preference is towards a natural species garden as opposed to an overly manicured look.
Some information on the area:
Roughly 200 square feet
Located in Edmonton, Alberta (Latitude 53)
About a 40 degree slope
Gets a fair amount of wind/exposure to elements as this side of the property faces an open field.
Any and all ideas would be very welcomed! We're beginner gardeners and don't even know where to begin.
(Also, please forgive the rough-looking garage/eave situation - it's coming down!).