Care should be taken when creating a back garden design to ensure that the various areas are well proportioned and to understand its potential use by all family members. Borders should be as generous as possible and terraces situated taking into account where the sun rises and sets.
The style of garden chosen can influence the proportions of the various areas, the materials used and the planting.
For example a contemporary style garden is very structured and uses a restricted palette of materials, plants and colour; in contrast an informal garden has flowing lines incorporating a wide range of plants and colours. The look and feel of a garden is a very individual thing, however it is important to ensure that individual areas of the garden work together as a whole.