As with all major projects successful gardening requires thorough planning. It is much better to have several versions of your garden on paper before you even pick up any garden tools.
Take time to look at the different options for your garden. You can either draw these out on paper or there are a number of garden design software programs available. Many of these are inexpensive and its much cheaper and easier to start your design again before you have laid out your garden.
There are a number of considerations that should be taken into account when designing or revamping your garden.
It doesn't matter how large your garden you will want to maximise the space you have. With good design you can make even the smallest back garden? look and feel much larger. Making the most of the space you have is dependent on both planning and design as well as planting and the types of plants you use.
How much time and effort do you want to put into your garden?
This is an important question. It's estimated that half the gardens in this country are cared for by people who like and enjoy working in their garden. If this is you, then you are probably happier with a garden that requires a higher degree of maintenance and upkeep. However, if you are not able (or willing) to invest a lot of time in your garden you should chose a design which requires low maintenance.
What will your garden be used for?
If you have a family then you might want to consider dedicating space for your children to play. If you enjoy garden parties or BBQs then a decked area and barbeque area will be a key requirement.
Some, enjoy relaxing in the garden and would like to have a hot tub to relax in and enjoy their wonderful garden.