Steps for Designing a Landscape Layout


Creating a landscape design is like creating a floorplan for your outdoor space. There are several factors to take into account and many elements you can include from furniture to water features to trees and other landscaping. We’re here to walk you through the process for creating your ideal landscape.

Start with a Wish List

You need to know what you want in your space in order to design it. The best way to do this is to begin with a wish list of what you’d like to incorporate into your space. This could be tall hedges, a cool fishpond, specific trees, or even fairy lights. Being able to picture the space before you start will not only give you something to work with, it will also make the design and layout much easier later on.

Creating a Legend

All blueprints need a legend indicating what each of the symbols and drawings are standing in for. There aren’t standardized symbols in landscaping so you can come up with some on your own. The important thing is to keep it simple and suggestive of what the actual object is, for example, use triangles to represent trees. In addition, try to have your drawings resemble the pattern of the material too like dots for gravel.

Map Out Your Yard

Take the time to measure out the space of your yard so you have a good idea of what you can fit and where. You may have more space than you originally anticipated or less which means you’ll have to alter your plans accordingly. Plot out areas where you want to see plants, flowers, trees, and other nature elements as well as areas where you want to include manmade elements like gazebos, tables, and other furniture.

Designate Focal Points

It’s easy to get caught up in all the different things you can include in your space. The best way to manage this is to have larger centerpieces as act as a point of interest in your yard. This could be a large fire put, outdoor fireplace, water features, or some type of natural element. This focal point should attract your attention as you scan the front or backyard.

Incorporate Different Design Elements

Remember to include the elements of design as you go about mapping your space. This means taking into consideration unity, balance, contrast, emphasis, repetition, etc. On paper, this could look like rows of flowerbeds, a certain arrangement of trees, or a pond balanced with water reeds, a bench, and other plants.

Contact Us

We are experts in landscaping design and offer insight and services to take your outdoor space to the next level. Stoeckig Landscape Group is your landscape partner in Alpharetta, GA. Learn more by contacting our office at 770-831-1790!