The best gardening ideas for beginners require you to slow down, proceed methodically and get organized. That may not sound like much fun, but it will be worth it in the long run. The slow-go approach will save money and time. Start with a plan. Measure the area you want to landscape. Create a little sketch. Assess your sun and shade patterns. Find out your climate zone from your local nursery and choose only plants that fit your situation. Lean toward mass planting. Find foundation shrubs or ground covers you really love and plant them in large masses. Repeat each mass grouping of plants at least 3 times in the landscape so it looks cohesive. Keep reading more tips how to save time here.