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The landscape plan

Once you've figured out what you want from your landscape, the time has come to draw a landscape plan. This is an important step even if you have decided to use a landscape professional. You don't have to be an artist or landscape architect to create a landscape plan—this is just another opportunity to visualize the end result.

Evolution of a landscape plan

  1. Plot plan

    A plot plan provides a bird's-eye view of your lot, using a scale to place all existing features. Accuracy is important in drawing the plot plan so that you have identified the space available for planting.

  2. Functional plan

    A functional plan uses "bubbles" to lay out different areas and their potential uses — a patio, outdoor grill, garden or plant beds. Draw bubbles on the plan to roughly define areas and to approximate the size and shape of different features to determine how your space will be divided and used.

    Functional plan

  3. Final concept plan

    A final concept plan provides the complete picture of your landscape design, including plant selections. You've already separated your spaces into bubbles, now you'll begin strategically placing your plant selections.

    Final concept plan