There are a number of principles that form the basis of good garden design and that result in gardens that meet the needs of their owners. Consideration has to be given not only to the layout of the hard landscape, that is paths, water features, walls, paving and decking, but also to the plants themselves. There is also the actual need or desire of the owner to be taken care of as well as seasonal restrictions. Garden design must also take into account maintenance and irrigation requirements and the amount of funds available for both construction and upkeep of the project.
If there are to be limitations in the budget, then garden design will probably come up with either a simpler garden with fewer plants and cheaper hard features, or with a garden that is created part by part as the owners can afford it. Garden design may be carried out by the garden owners themselves, or alternatively by professionals with diverse levels of experience and expertise. Most professional landscapers are trained in the principles of design and also in horticulture, and they usually have an expert knowledge and experience of using plants in different situations. Occasionally the design of your garden is going to depend on features that cannot be moved, such as large boulders. This type of feature is actually useful in providing a focal point around which the rest of the garden can be planned. Planning the outside area yourself can be immense fun and the finished product can give you enormous