Landscape Planning - Part 4: Draft Plan

Now that the Concept Plan is complete, take what you have plotted out and begin to select which type of shrubs and plants will work best given the soil conditions, sun/shade availability and the other Secondary Elements of Design.  

With the more exact measurements, we were able to create a scaled drawing of the property. Upon doing this, we realized that our estimated flower bed in the center would not fit within the parameters staked out, so we removed from our drawings as shown on our Draft Plan.

The Draft Plan incorporates the Primary Elements of Design, which include:

  1. Plant Type
  2. Height & Width Allowance
  3. Texture
  4. Form
  5. Seasonal Interest or Color

These five elements are important when it comes to making the final plant selections and individual placement for each.  So looking at Figure 1, we have spaced out hydrangeas four feet apart on the side of the house, which is required for the roots to sufficiently take to the ground. We have two rows of shrubs spaced three feet apart for the front of the home, with a row of taller boxwood shrubs closer to the porch and a lower row of azalea shrubs in front of them, which will provide a beautiful red bloom in the spring to contrast with the green of the boxwoods.

We incorporated plants that would provide eye-catching color and street appeal as well as a balance of height and texture to our overall landscaping plan to round out the last steps of our Draft Plan.

With our completed Draft Plan, we are now able to move into our Finalized Landscaping Plan.