Making your drawing match your dream garden

After you've completed the initial drawing of your yard or garden plot to your satisfaction, you can move forward and add the elements for your garden plan. Here are some recommendations:

1. Gather any pictures you're using for inspiration, and prepare a list of your main goals, assets, and limitations.

Go to the earlier section titled "Taking Stock: Evaluating What You Already Have" for advice on looking at your yard's challenges and advantages. "Getting Ideas for Your Garden Space" can help you focus on your gardening goals.

2. Study your current plan carefully.

Decide which features you want to incorporate into your final plan, which ones you want to highlight, and which ones you want to downplay or remove.

  1. Place a piece of tracing paper over your plan.
  2. Use a pencil and sketch in or leave out various features and designs.

Try hard to stick to your theme or overall vision, and attempt to be organized (see "Zeroing In on Your Ideal Garden Style" for details on themes).

When designing your garden plan, you don't have to get bogged down in details, listing every plant by name. Instead, "sun-loving perennials," "blue and yellow bed," or "pots of annuals" may suffice.

Figure 2-4:

There are many ways to draft out your garden plan, but here are the tools you need to get started.

Drafting board

Drafting board

Figure 2-4:

There are many ways to draft out your garden plan, but here are the tools you need to get started.

Triangles

Drafting paper

Triangles

Drafting paper

After all the elements you've planned for are in place, take a good look at them to make sure the overall drawing matches the initial image of the dream garden you had in your head. If something looks awkward or looks like it needs to be moved or changed in any way, do so! Keep changing that drawing (and redrawing it if necessary) until you have a final plan that satisfies you. Only when your final plan is in your hands should you prepare yourself to move on to the next step.

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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