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Landscape designs and plans

Designing a landscape can be an overwhelming but rewarding process. Before you can draw a landscape plan, however, you’ll want to review your current landscape and decide what you want to change or create in your yard.

Free sample designs

Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with our professionally-designed landscape plans.

Landscape classes

Learn from the experts at one of several free SNWA-sponsored landscaping classes at the Springs Preserve.

Instructor speaking at a SNWA-sponsored landscaping class.

Landscape design tips

Designing your own landscape can be overwhelming. Use these tips to ensure the design process of your landscape goes smoothly:

  • Check with your Homeowners Association for requirements or restrictions.
  • Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend.
  • Create a timeline to make the most of each season during the planting and installation process.
  • Know your zones (mini-oasis, transition, arid).
  • Take photos of eye-catching plants or plant groupings you may want to use in your landscape.
  • Consider blooming seasons when planning your landscape.
  • Create a focal point for each part of your property. Use lines throughout your landscape to define the space and direct the eye to those focal points.
  • Use repeating shapes, colors and textures to pull your landscape design together.
  • Account for plant growth and future water needs by planning your irrigation system for several years in advance.
  • Buy smaller plants to save money.
  • Place trees first as an anchor and work your way outward. Be sure to allow enough room for root growth.


Landscape design tips

SNWA provides useful tips to help you design a water smart landscape.