Plan Development – Process of Design

The Key above, is also used on the Paving Plan below.

The fence above is completely covered in Clematis. This is a beautiful sight. When I do the post on The Plants Within, you will see some of these truncated images completely.

The Paving Plan above shows the paving, walls, driveway, and door stoops. Refer to the Key above for learning the graphical representation.

I realize these images are not very clear, but click to make them bigger and they will clear up. The next post will just touch on a few points on Working Drawings, and I think I will do Gardening with Dogs next just to change it up a bit. After, I will talk about the Maturing Garden, followed by The Plants Within and Color.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at:
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7 Responses to Plan Development – Process of Design

  1. Cat says:

    Girlfriend the depth of information and knowledge that you share on this blog is astounding. So often I feel like I need to be taking notes! I’m really enjoying this series and learning so much…honestly, I thank you for sharing your skill set.

  2. fer says:

    Wish I had the space (and money) to make all my plans possible, but still keeping notes for the future

  3. What an excellent post on garden design! I like your push for the use of native plants.

    I hope you’ll consider submitting a post for this month’s issue of How to Find Great Plants. The deadline is tomorrow, so feel free to submit one that you’ve already written. Here’s the link:

  4. debsgarden says:

    I have enjoyed reading about the design process. I’m afraid I often just plan it out in my head, then experiment in the garden till I get it right. The design process you have shown would certainly eliminate some of the trial and error!

  5. Enjoyed your post, Donna. Focusing in on plant characteristics and uses before specific plants …. is a very good point for me to remember. I can check off spacing…I’ve learned that one! It is so easy to plant a little closer together just because it looks better at the moment. However, it requires soooo much work later on by constant pruning or having to move the plants. 🙂 thanks for the posts!

  6. Edith Hope says:

    Dear Donna, A point you make here which I feel is absolutely essential to a satisfactory design is the way in which scale is handled in the overall plan. I think that it is one of the most difficult elements to get right and, in my experience, people often underscale rather than overscale and this can seriously weaken the integrity of the overall design.

  7. lifeshighway says:

    Donna, are you writing a book. Because I am printing the your entries for later referral. You could write a great how-to book for us hobbyist.

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