Create Your Garden Plan


  1. Study your site
    taking note of sun, shade, soil type, drainage and soil moisture.
  2. Then, map out your space.
    Mark all existing plants currently on your site.
  3. Study your neighborhood
    and consider what design elements would look great in your community.
  4. Research designs you love.
    Get inspiration from other garden designs specific to your region.
  5. Design with the right plant
    in the right place.
  6. Leave enough room for plants
    to reach their mature size.
  7. Create a focal point
    to draw your eye through your garden.
  8. Add water features
    like birdbaths or small fountains to add interest and benefits to wildlife in your landscape.
  9. Group plants together
    for visual impact. Plant in groups of odd numbers with a minimum of three of each plant. In each area, choose 3 to 5 species in broad drifts that repeat throughout the planting area.
  10. Use a mixture of textures
    with fine, bolder foliage, tall fine-textured grasses as a frame behind lower rounded perennials.
  11. Keep plants in scale
    maximum plant height should be half the width of your bed.
  12. Choose plants to ensure blooms
    and foliage provide interest in all seasons.
  13. Give your planting bed a clean edge
    to serve as a frame that accents your planting.
  14. Consider your budget
    Review the time and money you have available for installation and maintenance.