Your garden planning needs to take into account how much space you can devote to your new pursuit. It will be easier to plan your vegetable garden if you first make a sketch of your yard, then go and measure it, writing your measurements on your sketch.

Water can be very interesting in the garden and it’s possible to get pretty ambitious here. Just including a swimming pool or a hot tub will right away make you the envy of the neighbours, but why not go further by having multiple layers and a waterfall? Or connecting your pool to a stream that goes around the garden with a bridge over the top? Or why not just install an impressive water feature that appears to defy gravity?

If you consider that these lights contain potentially hot bulbs and that they are made of a material that is prone to melting, you might have already concluded what I’m about to tell you. Low-cost, plastic landscaping lights contain low wattage bulbs so as not to melt the housings in which they are contained. Your average low is a 10 watt bulb for border lighting. Your average high for accent/spot lights runs about 20 watts. Is that enough?

Punctuation – adding focal points is key in your garden, as they act as visual ‘full stops’, or ‘periods’. They are the finishing touch to a well-designed garden.

Planning a low maintenance garden is how you should start, with the planning. Visit your local nurseries, find out from your local council what plants are native to your area. These are usually the ones that will thrive for you for little effort on your part.

Some of them are sent as a gift, normally in the Mystery Gift box. You can also buy them using coins and they range from the cheapest, the Horse Topiary which costs 100 coins to the most expensive, the Buffalo Topiary which costs 5,500 coins. There are three topiaries that can only be bought with FV cash and they are the sheep (5FV), the Llama (10FV) and the Flamingo Topiary (15FV).

Flower garden design can be as individual as you like. Some nurseries and mail order places offer plants with a “map” for planting tailored to a certain sized area, for example around a mailbox. Most are for sunny areas but some also offer pre-planned gardens for shady areas. There might be color themes, for example a red, white and blue. Several options have come up lately for pink flower garden plans that benefit breast cancer research. Still others take a random approach, preparing an area for a bed and scattering wildflowers or a cut flower mix that allows for a burst of random color.

Beds can be straight lines or curved, geometrical or randomly shaped. Mark them off with string. Be sure to leave space for the tending of your garden beds. If you have the information about maturity heights and amount of spreading for your favorite plantings, mark them off with twine and/or using thin tomato stakes or twigs to show height. This way, you will not dwarf other plantings nor plant anything that will grow to be disproportionate.