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A planting plan is simple. After you know exactly which plants you want to use (check out Chapters 16, 17, and 18 for ideas), you draw them to scale.

The planting plan accomplishes three things. First, it helps you to see how many plants you'll need to purchase. Second, it helps you visualize the final planting design. And third, it becomes a reference that you can use at planting time to remember exactly what you had in mind. Oh, and if you're getting a permit for your landscaping, you need a planting plan to submit to the agency.

To draw a planting plan, get out a piece of tissue paper, place it over your base sheet, and draw a final planting plan like the one shown in Figure 6-5. (If you haven't created a base sheet, check out the earlier section "Using your measurements to create a base sheet.") Use a circle template or a compass to draw each plant to scale at its mature size.

For example, say you want to put three Philadelphus 'Buckley's Quill' in the back corner of the backyard. Your gardening book says they grow to 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide. If you're working at a 1/4-inch scale, 5 feet in diameter would equal 5 quarters on your scale, which is 11/4 inches. Choose that size opening on the circle template, place it where the plants will go, and pencil in the three circles. Repeat for all the plants you'll be using, layering as necessary for low-growing plants that are placed under taller ones.

With a little practice and a bit of creativity, you can turn these circles into lovely symbols like the ones in Figure 6-5. Or you can just leave them plain, with labels showing the name of the plant and the quantity in that grouping.

Figure 6-5:

Planting plan.

Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist'-Pacific Mist Manzanita

Solidago californica-California Goldenrod

Stipa gigantea-Giant Needle Grass Carpenteria californica Bush Anemone Salvia clevelandii-Cleveland Sage Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet'-Emerald Carpet Manzanita Salvia mellifera-Black Sage Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans'-Blue Jean Ceanothus

Arctostaphylos edmundsii-Edmund's Manzanita

Zauschneria 'Silver Select'-California Fuchsia Salvia apiana-White Sage

Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans'-Blue Jeans Ceanothus Platanus racemosa-California Sycamore

- Ceanothus 'Joyce Coulter'-Joyce Coulter Wild Lilac

Arctastaphylos 'Pacific Mist'-Pacific

Mist Manzanita

Lilac Planting Plan

Ceanothus 'Joyce Coulter'-Joyce Coulter Wild Lilac

Agave parryi-Parry's Agave Quercus agrifolia-Coast Live Oak

Ceanothus 'Joyce Coulter'-Joyce Coulter Wild Lilac

Agave parryi-Parry's Agave Quercus agrifolia-Coast Live Oak

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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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