Your needs as a person or family will determine the form your garden takes. These may be practical such as providing a lawn for your children to play on or a large patio to entertain or they may be purely visual, as in a Japanese garden. More often than not you will probably strike a balance between various requirements. However the way in which the various elements are put together will have a radical effect on the final look and feel of your garden.
Other factors that need to be considered when designing your garden are:-