Tips for Garden Landscape Planning

Before getting started on a new garden landscape, it’s best to plan your project on paper first. You can always refine your ideas by developing several versions, but date them so you know which one is current.

Here are some top tips for planning out your garden:

Map out the Existing Garden

Make sure you include everything in it. A plan made to a scale of 1cm:1m (1:100) is the minimum. If you can, particularly if your garden is small, use a scale of 2cm:1m (2:100).

Identify your Boundaries

Mark whether there are fences, walls or hedging. Make a note of the hedging style (deciduous or evergreen, clipped or natural) and show the spread of the foliage.

Mark out the House

Include all major structures and any areas of hard landscaping. Then draw in details like paths, sheds, compost bins, pergolas, and water features.

Note the Existing Borders

Draw in flower beds, herb or vegetable gardens, and other large areas of planting.

Mark the Orientation

Note down North and mark areas where shade is cast.

Remember Services

Detect and note in red all electricity cables, gas and water pipes that already cross your land, as well as those you plan to put in. Keeping a record will save you from stumbling across any when digging at a later date.


Now that you have an idea of what you want your property to look like, it is time to think about plants. Using a variety of plants is a great idea. Look for those that fit the sun exposure that will be available, will thrive in your climate and those that have the maintenance requirements that you need. Using plants that are native to your area is one excellent way to do that.

The Look

Consider the overall look that you want. Just like fashions and décor, landscaping has different styles. Do you want your yard to look like an English Garden? Maybe you want an informal look. There are such a wide variety of landscaping styles; it is one of the most critical points in landscape design. If you are unsure, a simple search online will give you an opportunity to see what there is.


Everyone wants their property to look great, but many are not sure exactly how to achieve it. You may not have the time to spend on bringing your design idea to reality. Hiring a company to do the landscape design in Los Angeles is one great way to do that. They can take your design idea, expand on it and turn your property in a place that you are happy. They can operate within a budget, so will know how to maximize what you want in the budget constraints you have given them.