I'm a bit late with this as we seem to be doing something every weekend and it's tricky to do too much after work as I don't get home till 4pm most days and it's dark within half an hour.
We bought some Bougainvillea shrubs in the spring and planted them as a hedge row. We had them everywhere in Dubai and South Africa and they look really pretty.
However, in the UK they must be protected from frost and ideally brought inside or placed in a heated green house for winter. We don't have a green house or the space inside, so I popped into B&Q on the way home today and bought a poly tunnel for £19 and covered the ground underneath with hay. There's only one thing that can happen. We'll find out in the spring.
The bay tree has been covered and the rest of the plants will be put in the cold frame or the plastic green house.
There's nothing else left to do in the garden as we've put all the plants in pots while we have building work done and once that's finished, early Spring, we'll be redesigning the garden.