Before you make your debut, stop, pause and take a look around your bare stretch of land. Walk around and survey your land. You will have a better perspective of what and how to do, when you walk around.
If you are good with sketching or bare minimum drawing, sketch some possible layouts. To get a natural feel, infuse colors to your sketches.
I got this info out of a free ebook on www.beasuccessfulgardener.com