- What is the purpose of your garden? Outdoor living? Entertaining? Meditation? Play space? Producing vegetables (and/or eggs, honey...) Or cut flowers for the house?
- Where is your garden? In the soggy northwest, the arid southwest, in a temperate area that resemble the Mediterranean region?
- What materials will you use? A new feature in many new gardens is gravel- which may sound odd, but has many practical qualities.
- And what about edible gardens? Even those that produce honey- and eggs, as chickens become common even in larger cities (Berkeley, California, for example!) And community gardens mean more than just food- they can nourish and educate the young, and bring beauty and a spirit of renovation to neighborhoods that have fallen into economic backwaters.