If you have always wanted that perfect looking garden, know that the secret to a great garden lies in how your yard is landscaped. You many not need to hire a professional landscaper, but you will at least need to know something about plants and different layouts. There are many plants that will complement each other in a garden and that will grow better together, but there are even more that will not. It is important to consider the affects a plant will have on its surroundings. Is this a plant that will produce a lot of dead leaves, will it die in the winter, will it stay relatively the same size or grow like weeds? Knowing the answer to these questions will enable you to have a beautiful garden. Landscaping before you plant your garden is essential to having a great garden. Plan out where you want to place your plants, make sure you can easily get to all of your plants to water them and prune them, and always remember to do your best to arrange it in such a way that is pleasing to the eyes. You can have a great garden, just remember that it always starts with excellent landscaping.