The key to success in designing a dream landscape? A landscape plan, of course. Before creating a flowerbed, it is essential to have a good plan... in mind and on paper.

But how do you go about it? And most importantly, where do you start? You don't need to be a drawing expert to draw the outline of your desired flowerbed. Just follow a logical order.

In four simple steps, here's how a flowerbed, like an entire garden, takes shape.

Step 1
Draw the basic landscape plan, also called the site plan. Include all permanent structures such as the house, pathways, pool or garden shed. If necessary, make photocopies of this plan so you can develop different ideas.

Step 2
Add the outline of the flower bed, walls or paths. Focus on form and practicality here. Think about traffic flow, lawn mowing, and access to water or electricity. Create shapes that relate to the overall look of the house and garden. Explore different possibilities.

Step 3
Plant trees, evergreens and shrubs according to your landscape plan. Start with the largest plants. To avoid unpleasant surprises, be sure to find out the mature size of the plants before making your choice.

Step 4
Still relying on your landscaping plan, place the perennials, making sure to leave some space for planting annuals. Of course, choose perennials according to the existing soil, sun and hardiness conditions.

How to design a landscape plan

However, also consider color and bloom time. Since most perennials are not always in bloom, also consider the color and texture of their foliage so that you can enjoy a year-round attractive garden.

 

Annuals, on the other hand, allow you to introduce a little change and add a splash of color at any time with the presence of continuous flowers.

 

By following your landscaping plan to the letter, you'll avoid unpleasant surprises and get the results you want. Are you looking forward to getting started?