The best landscaping plans usually don’t start in the garden, they start with a great layout. Some careful planning can help you maximize your enjoyment and avoid costly mistakes.
► Map it out. Start by mapping out all your property’s green space. Whether you do it on your own, or opt for some landscape planning software, it’s worth the effort to set out your plan before you buy.
► Sun or shade. Take note of what areas receive sun at different times of day and then designate the areas by three categories: full sun, partial sun and full shade. This will help you choose plants that are likely to thrive in each area.