Step 1: Assess the situation
Like bumblebees, guests are naturally attracted to flowers. While assessing where to use your efforts, notice if anything—like weeds—will detract from a scene your visitors are sure to notice. Removing the eyesore makes a big difference.
Whipping your garden into shape in a hurry isn’t difficult if you first decide exactly what needs to be done and plan your work accordingly. Take a moment to observe your garden, determining what problems stand out, and choose what to do based on what areas will be most noticeable.
Find the gathering spots. At parties, people tend to cluster, so focus your attention where guests are likely to gather—a shady spot on a hot sunny day or a sunny area on a cool spring morning, for example.
Look for obvious flaws. Stand where you expect your guests to gather, and identify problems they are sure to notice based upon what catches your eye. Dead limbs, tall weeds, and broken patio stones are obvious examples.
Focus on the flowers. Because seasonal blooms will attract the most attention, work also in areas that have the most flowers, like the tulip bed in early spring or the perennial border at the height of summer. Improving these areas first will have the greatest impact.