One of the reasons the QVC Garden did so well at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show was that I kept things simple. My biggest tip to those of you looking to design your own garden is not to complicate it.
Think of designing a garden in two ways:
1. A practical space: Do you want to sit in it? Where are you going to put your bins? Is there a washing line? Look at it as a space rather than a garden.
2. As individual to you: Are you single, in a couple or part of a family? Do you have pets? What shapes and colours do you like? Do you like contemporary or traditional art? That kind of thing.
Then you can create a garden that incorporates both ways of thinking. But remember - keep it simple!