Go around your area and you will probably find many old men and women that have beautiful gardens. Just introduce yourself and be respectful. They are a great source for information.

This is great advice. Similar to growing local vegetables, learning from locals how to grow is one of the best ways to get started quickly. We start out like all our neighbors but already have some ideas for improvements, but why not learn from those who had years to optimize what they do.

Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")