Was your garden everything you hoped it would be this past year? Did each season have color and interest? Was there a focal point, great combinations and a variety of texture? Did each area of the garden function as anticipated (cutting garden, screen, retreat)? Did some perennials perform better than expected, others not as well? Is there a better location for those that underperformed (more sun, less sun, better drained, a friend’s house)? Will some need to be divided?

Has the garden or sections of the garden changed or evolved (trees matured or taken down, shrubs overgrown)? Was maintenance of the garden overwhelming or as expected? Does an irrigation system need to be added or the beds reconfigured to make mowing easier? Is it time to add a new focal point (fountain, bird bath, seating, containers, obelisk)?