Landscape Planning

Landscape planning is a sound place to begin any  changes in the landscape of any garden or yard, but there are many elements of good garden design that make it difficult to know where to start. Hopefully the few suggestions on this page, will give you some good advice on where to begin your planning. Reading from the resource books listed below, I have personally found information that was enjoyable, informative and often quite inspirational!

When you read the many ideas on garden design, I hope it will motivate you to think about your personal outdoor space and read even more books. Then, may your hours of reading, dreaming and planning give you great pleasure and all the inspiration needed, to make your own amazing garden!

1.  Plan your garden with Personal style in mind.

Even the smallest garden can benefit from a sketch with paper and pencil, as making layout and design mistakes can be quickly erased with little time or money lost. Keeping in mind we know what we like, our garden plan can then move ahead with any style we like.

A few suggested styles  come to mind, beginning  with formal gardens, full of straight lines and order, planted with traditional plants from roses to herbs,. Often these gardens have courtyards of all sizes and manicured lawns.

Informal gardens such as cottage gardens, wildflower gardens, and woodland garden. Tend to be more relaxed and often whimsical as they are filled with combinations of plants and even garden art that adds colour and inspiration

Then there gardens influenced by elements of design from other countries, such as Japanese Gardens, Mediterranean, or  even tropical looking gardens that use exotic plants still hearty to your Zone.

If you are not certain what terms describe your style or even what it is, never let the cold get the better of your garden exploration, but instead let books show you the way.Once you have an idea of the style, measurements can be made for the area based on real data and from there transferred on to paper in detail.

2. Assessment of planning area

Thorough planning based on real conditions and limitations is a very important first step. Large immovable objects such as a swimming pool, or garage may be part of the proposed plan or something that exists in the space already, that will impact  the working space of your landscape design.

An objective viewpoint of these structures as well as soil and light conditions, grade of the area will give an good overall list of factors to be considered in the plan. Include in the  plan, the overall budget, which can be broken  down to include individual project costs  ranging from material to plant costs.



1.Landscape Planning

by Judith Adam, published by FIREFLY BOOKS


2. Complete Home Landscaping

by Catriona Tudor Erler , published by  Creative Homeowner


3. The Complete Guide to Gardening

by Peter Mc Hoy, published by Hermes House,an imprint of Anness

Publishing Ltd.


4. The Complete Practical Guide to Small Gardens

by Peter Mc Hoy & Stephanie Donaldson, published by Hermes House, an

imprint of Anness Publishing Ltd.

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