Here it is August and I haven't showed you are garden in a long time. I want to share with ya'll how we created a garden on a budget. Sometimes gardens can become overwhelming. Especially if your starting with a clean slate. My advice is don't over think it. Begin by gathering a few photos of spaces you love. Then decide on how much work and time you want to spend in the garden. Once you have that figured out I would say write down 2 of your favorite shade trees, 2 of your favorite ornamental trees, then to start with at least 2 shrubs types, and 5 plants. This is a good foundation to start with.
I want to first point out that we live in Northeast Florida so my plant choices match my zone 9a/9b. It is very important that you choose plants that will thrive in your region. This is a common rookie mistake (I make it all the time), you fall in love with a plant spend lots of money on them and they die in the heat/cold.
Take a look at my garden it is informal and I tend to plant in groups and I repeat the groups down my border. Filling in with my favorites along the way. This gives you a planned garden that's informal, but still flows nicely from beginning to end.