Give Plants Space
Allow space for shrubs and trees, like this Japanese maple, to spread; the area needed should be indicated on the plant label. Bare patches can always be filled in with seasonal flowers, or screened by containers or an easily moved ornament, such as a bird bath.
Early spring or early fall are the best times to establish a lawn, whether you are using sod or sowing seed. Water new grass frequently in the early stages and in dry spells, and avoid walking on it for a few months, if possible.
Giving your new purchases a good start will repay dividends for years to come in the form of strong, healthy plants that continually give a good show, season after season.