Gardens are designed every day that look great on paper and when first planted but look pretty awful two years later.
It has been said that poorly designed gardens can be successful if maintained well. Conversely, well designed gardens which are poorly maintained are usually failures. The design of any garden, large or small, must include maintenance considerations in the early planning stages.
Unlike a building or structure which looks its best the day it is finished, gardens should look good when finished but improve each year. Landscaping, as opposed to architecture, is never static. Gardens are complex living organisms which not only change seasonally, but also grow and mature through time. The resulting change from the time of installation to later years is quite significant.