Animandel - Having a beautiful garden is a time consuming process, but I so think it is worth the effort when I see all the plants when they are healthy and flowering. Also, where you live dictates how much time and effort will be needed to get your garden in top condition.
Remember, perennials are the foundation of any flower garden. With a little care, they are there for you every year and you just have to add a bit to finish the setting.
Well, actually, soil is the foundation, but garden perennials are the staples that make the meal. Was that better?