Often the garden has to be developed in stages because of the amount of money or preparatory work required. When preparing a plan take this into consideration, perhaps only preparing detailed plans for the areas that are to be developed fairly quickly, and simply designating on a larger plan of the area broad ideas for future development.
If large areas will be undeveloped for substantial lengths of time, then consider screening with fast growing plants or a temporary fence until that area can be attended to. Areas designated for paving, garden beds or water gardens might be mulched to provide a reasonable appearance until work commences. The mulch can be used in other parts of the garden to enrich the soil, when the development occurs. Potted plants filled with colorful annuals, perennial or ground-covers can make the outdoor area attractive even while it is still under construction. The plants can be used in the garden beds later.