February 29th, 2024

The next design phase after a Landscape Plan is a Planting Plan. Planting plans are detailed drawings that specify the type, quantity, and arrangement of plants used in our design.
A planting plan includes the following elements:
1.     Plant Schedule: Each plant included in the drawing has a graphic symbol and abbreviated code along with the quantity needed, botanical and common name, size of plant and spacing requirements. The exact placement of the plants ensures they are placed to enhance views, provide privacy, create focal points, create seasonal interest, and/or improve drainage.
2.     Plant Layout: A detailed drawing that shows the exact location and spacing for all plants in the design.Plant spacing is determined by the plants’ mature width (as opposed to at the time of planting).
3.     Planting Plan General Notes: The general notes outline contractors’ responsibility regarding plant count, plant health and approval of plant layout prior to installation. These notes state that an irrigation system needs to provide full coverage for all new and existing plant material. If any conflicts or discrepancies are observed between the landscape drawings, existing conditions, and/or utility locations, contractors should notify the landscape architect.
Planting plans are essential for ensuring that the design vision is realized and that the plants are installed and maintained correctly. Planting plans are used as a guide for contractors, homeowners and maintenance crews to ensure your plants thrive for years to come.