You don’t have to hurt your pocketbook in order to have a beautiful landscape. There are many ways landscapes can be done at an affordable price. First of all, I always suggest doing smaller gallon size plants and trees. As long as you don’t need instant gratification and are willing to wait for plants to mature then I say go with the smaller plant. Always factor in modifications to your sprinkler system. If you can set up a good irrigation system you will save a ton of money in the long run. There are lots of deals at nurseries so it is definitely a good time to buy plants right now.