Take the pressure off your plants by making everything else in your garden work harder. Make sure all the elements in your garden such as paving, edging, boundaries etc are beautiful, this way you can be assured that should your plants struggle, the structure of your garden is strong enough to maintain its beauty.
In addition, have a ‘wow’ moment in your garden. A wow moment could be a structure – like a vine-covered pergola or a painted fence or even a designer rainwater tank – it’s something which brings the whole garden design together and becomes the heart of the whole space. It could be inspired by similar structures in your neighbourhood. Do your research and have a good stickybeak at other gardens in your street for inspiration.