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 Simplify your design with large swaths of planting or paving rather than many small components. Create a system of paths based on your habits of moving around the garden, and make the main paths wide enough to negotiate with wheelbarrows and other tools.  Group plants together that have similar needs, and grow them in a place where those needs are met, such as full sun, part shade, dry, or damp. Before you buy any plant, learn about its soil, light, temperature, and moisture needs.