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Apr 6, 2019
Your landscape design is like a floor plan for an outdoor area and should be practical, and reflect your needs, likes and interests.

To figure out what you want to get out of your design you will then need to consider:

The function of your garden. This is a crucial aspect of landscape design as it details what the purpose of the garden will be for. Depending on your requirements the function of the garden could be one or a mix of the below:

Entertainment – with plenty of covered areas, seating and relaxing areas that can accommodate large crowds.
Child Friendly. – A safe garden with plenty of lawn and open space that the kids can run around in
Pet Friendly. Materials and plants that can withstand the wear and tear of dogs.
Structured ornamental garden. A design based purely on looks and beauty.
The theme of your garden. This is where your inspiration comes from. This could be influenced by a type of plant, culture or environment that you prefer or would like to replicate and could include:

A relaxed, informal country garden
Balinese style resort garden
Rustic Australian native garden
Simple and low maintenance garden
Colour themed gardens
Succulents & Cacti garden
The Design Features in your garden. You will need to decide if there are any design features that you would like to incorporate. These could include:

Water features and ponds,
Structural backdrops or pavilions
Retaining Walls
And any additional items which are purely for beauty and do not serve a practical significance.
Budgeting. The more features you want, the more expensive it will be. So be realistic with your budget and don’t over extend yourself as you want to be able to enjoy your new garden design without the worry of how you will be able to ever afford it!

The use and function that you want out of your garden will dictate your design decisions.

When you have visualised what you are after you will need to start creating a design plan. Your first step to landscape design is to measure out your garden site and draw a plan of your current garden. This will need to be to scale showing the correct measurements and proportions of the garden, and indicating the areas of light, shade and elevation. The plan will need to include existing features such as buildings, poles, rocks etc that cannot be moved.

Once you have set up all the elements you can now start to add all of the new landscape design elements that you want. This could include, shrubbery, trees, walkways, paths, patios, sheds, pools, lawn area and irrigation.

Creating a landscape plan will also help you in your decision making processes such as in selecting plants and materials. The more information and detail that you can put into the plan the better you will be able to cost estimate and the more likely you will be to see your design become a reality.