I am about to become a first time home owner (our closing date is April 16th). I was thinking of having mostly perennial beds (cottagesque) and a vegetable patch.
Our home is on a corner lot (north-east corner), so I'm thinking that the front and west-side yards will be full sun and the back and east-side yards will be a mixture of sun and shade. to plan my garden should I start with one spot and work my way around? Or, should I try to make a plan on paper and go from there? How do you decide where a flower bed will look best and what shape to make it? Is it easier on the eyes to coordinate the colours of the plants, or does anything go?