February 2nd, 2024
Landscape Architects create a landscape plan as one of the first phases of the design process to ensure a comprehensive and well-executed project. These technical drawings, which also include sections and elevation plans, provide precise information for construction and installation. The following are key elements that are included in a landscape plan:
1.     Hardscape Features: Design and placement of paths, patios, walkways, water features, walls, and structures. This can include material specifications and construction details.
2.     Planting Bed Layouts: Consideration of hedge height, themed beds like vegetable or cutting, and shape of bed (foundation, perimeter or general).
3.     Tree layout: Schematic placement of trees and consideration of deciduous vs. evergreen. The amount of shade trees will cast over the home, patios, pool, and vegetable beds is also considered.
4.     Accessory Structures: Design and placement of pergolas, sheds, pool houses, greenhouses, and pools.
5.     Drainage and Erosion Control: Various methods including dry stream beds, berms, French drains, retention and detention ponds and rain gardens are considered and designed for to help with flooded areas.
6.     Informal and formal spaces: For larger properties we can designate between informal and formal spaces. Informal would include meadows or maintained woodlands with mowed or wood chip paths. These areas would be left more organic and natural. Formal would include more traditional irrigated lawns that are mowed regularly with stone, paver, or gravel paths.
We also note on landscape plans if maintenance is needed on existing features or how it is to be used in the design. Depending on the scope of the work we can recommend pruning and shaping overgrown shrubs and trees, transplanting plants, or saving and utilizing existing stone or pavers if in good condition.
After the landscape plan is complete, designs are sent to the client for input and approval. Collaboration with the client is integral throughout the design process. Incorporating these key elements into the landscape plan insures a thoughtfully designed space that will meet the client’s needs and goals.