Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:20
For now, I'll have it all as lawn until I work out what to do. It's actually easier for me to know what I don't want rather than what I do.
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That's how to start. A list of what you like will become enormous and offputting. Ruling out the dislikes is easier. Don't forget other things that aren't 'plants' related - seating areas, washing, storage etc. Those things are just as important for garden and often difficult to sort later once you start with plants.
You're worried about the eventual look. Have a look at other things you like to get a general feel of your 'style' Do you like ornate, patterned things or simple, monotone things? Loose, colourful and flowing, or symmetrical and geometric? How you dress, how you have your home, the colours you like and dislike. Those same things will probably be the same influences in your garden, so look for a similar feel. Keep it simple - it's easier to add than it is to keep taking out.
Start near the house with just a little job or two to tackle once you have a better idea of those likes and dislikes, and remember it doesn't all happen in a few weeks. Pauline's right - take photos and those will encourage you when you're disheartened.