How to get started?
I am a very novice gardener. I've lived in Central phx since the 70's so I am well acquainted to what grows around here - and that is the extent of my gardening "ability", lol.
I want my backyard to be more used, more inviting and tranquil. I currently have a grass "island" with a Ficus Nitidia and a Lisbon Lemon (that got severely damaged during this year's monsoon), and a gravel perimeter with 2 mesquites, a yellow oleander (not real oleander - thevetia?), and two lonely shrubs: a rosemary and a lavendar.
I am so inspired by the Japanese Friendship garden on 5th Avenue and Roosevelt. It has the feeling I'd like for my backyard.
How do I start to create something like this? Do I need to hire a landscape professional? I am currently in paralysis by analysis...help!