• Do you want a formal setting or a casual feel?
  • Do you entertain? If so, how and how often?
  • Do you need an area for outdoor recreation, such as a barbecue, fire pit, hot tub, or game area?
  • Do you plan to use your outdoor space in the evening after it gets dark?
  • Is outdoor temperature a concern?
  • Will there be any additions to your house and/or property?
  • Are you satisfied with your existing drive, walks, or patio?
  • Have you thought about a new deck or front entrance?
  • Have you considered any future outdoor structures, such as a gazebo, arbor, swimming pool, or play structure?
  • Do you need privacy?
  • Do you want to mute the noise from road traffic, neighbors, passers-by, etc.?
  • How long do you intend to live here?
  • Do you have children? What are their needs?
  • Do you have pets that go outdoors?
  • Do you like gardening? If so, what type – flower, herb, or vegetable?
  • What are your plant likes and dislikes?
  • Do you have an irrigation system, or are you considering adding one?
  • Do you have allergies to any plants (e.g., grasses, flowers, tree pollen)?
  • Do you want to attract wildlife? What kind (e.g., birds, butterflies, bees, mammals)?
  • Are there any special concerns with your site, such as drainage problems, problem soils, easements, etc.?
  • Do you have a budget?