By the names of the flowers - coneflowers, statis, coreopsis?
By what is there - flowers, lawn, evergreen, fence?
Or would you describe it by how it makes you feel -- peaceful, pretty, serene?
I believe that the gardens that really make an impression on us, that make us want to return to them again and again are those we describe with feelings, not by what grew there.
I believe that most gardeners, who have gardened for awhile, are planting to achieve a feeling, too, rather than to have a particular plant. Of course, we have our favorite flowers and colors and shrubs and other garden elements and we include them in our gardens. But how put them together to create a garden that we can feel is what really matters.
I believe that this is the season that I'm going to pay more attention to how my garden makes me feel than worry about what I plant in it.