Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:58
I went for a bit of a mix - i created the design, and paid someone to come in a do all the hard work of removing turf, putting in extra drainage, putting down paving and building raised beds.
I alreay had a lot of plants that i had collected over time or had been given to me by friends/family!
This worked for me as i only had a limited budget - at the end the landscaper said my design had worked out well and he would be using some of my ideas in another garden!!
Good luck and enjoy what ever route you decide to take!