When it comes to Planting Design, the principle we adopt is “Right Plant, Right Place” which involves designing a landscape efficiently and choosing plants that fit the site perfectly. This helps reduce maintenance inputs, including irrigation, fertilization, mowing, and application of pesticides, which in turn lowers the risk of pollutants finding their way into ground or surface waters. Developing the planting plan is a sequential process, but it is important to remember that the process is not completely linear; sometimes decisions about plant material require reworking previous steps in the sequence and making adjustments to the plan. The process begins with developing a functional plan that shows the general concept for the landscape.
Step 1: Concept/Functional plan - Firstly we develop a conceptual plan that shows the proposed general layout of the plant material is the first step in the process. The conceptual plan is based on the site analysis and your need of using the space. This ensures that the plan is based on the site conditions and the desired function of the plants.
Step 2: Master plant list - Next we create a master list of possible plant materials for use in the planting plan is the second step in the process. The first consideration is to choose the right plants for the site conditions. We will refer to the site analysis to determine the growing conditions in each area of the yard and match plant choices to those conditions by considering light requirements (sun or shade) for each plant as well as soil and water requirements and visual characteristics of each plant. We will also take into consideration of the existing plants in the landscape. Depending on the health of the existing plants and the new layout for activity spaces, some of the existing plants may need to be removed or relocated.
Step 3: Preliminary planting plan - Preliminary plans will show the proposed layout of the individual plant material. The quick sketches are used to explore different layouts and arrangements to get a rough idea of the size constraints and best locations for plants. Our preliminary plans are often used to create one final plan, taking the best ideas from each plan.
Step 4: Develop the final Plant Design - We use the preliminary plan to start developing the final Plant Design to meet your desired vision.