What I would like is a simple, formal garden with evergreen plants and shrubs.
I originally wanted just the lawn and then doing the rest later on, but with the irrigation having to be planned out according to plants/species, this can't work...
"If trees and hedges form the structure of the garden, then shrubs are the filling required to make it all look like a garden. Shrubs provide substance and are often used as a backdrop to smaller feature plants. Without shrubs the garden looks incomplete - they are a vital layer needed to construct a good garden. For this reason they are nearly always evergreen."
"Keep in mind that shrubs tend to look good when used en masse, because their form on their own is not very striking. The general rule is the smaller the shrub the more you need to group together to form a mass."
Quotes are from Paul Bangay's Guide to Plants 2011.