With the "must have" stuff out of the way, year two is the time to starting adding the "love to have" features. In this case, those include more extensive shrubs and flowerbeds, an expanded patio, and the piece-de-resistance, a pavilion-shaded spa.
When planning your plantings, be sure to consider the amount of maintenance you want to be saddled with. Many shrubs are well-behaved and require minimal pruning and preening, while most perennials and other flowers require at least a bit more work. Work with a trusted nursery or garden center to select plants that match your taste and tolerance for work.
Continued on page 5: Year 2 Details