Landscaping is a term that is often used interchangeably with gardening, but the concepts are very different and should be identified as such. If you are considering landscaping an area, you will need to look beyond the plants and flowers in the area. A gardener will focus on the flora, but a landscaper will look at all elements in the yard including the garden, architecture of the home, and the accessories used to match the landscape style. This article will provide information on how to complete tropical landscaping design plans and enjoy a tropical landscaped garden.
1. Creating A Basic Grid
The first step to creating a tropical landscaping design plan is to create a basic grid. This means that you need to measure the area and transfer these dimensions to graph paper. If you are more comfortable using online tools, you can opt for software known as Google Sketchup where you place the area dimensions.
Next, plot the position of features that cannot be changed, such as buildings, driveways, trees, irrigation systems, and the like. It is recommended that you include a compass in the corner of the graph paper to remind you of the sunlight patterns. Believe it or not, patterns play a large role in tropical landscaping design.
2. Sketch It
Once you have the basic grid, you should play around with the design. Try to consider the different types of tropical concepts and use tracing paper or templates to choose form compositions. Try to include elements such as patios and shrubs placed in different locations on the grid; remember, the more you play around, the better the overall effect will be. Of course, you mustn’t overlook the practical details such as running electricity to fountains and accessing items in the garden.
3. Drafting The Final Plan
When you have chosen a basic pattern for the space, the fun begins when you morph the basic plan into a larger, more colorful one. Similar to decorating a room, try to visualize how all the shapes, textures, colors, and patterns will work together. Will they complement each other and is this the design you want as a final result? If it isn’t, you should return to the second step and try more templates.
4. Understanding The Plan
Tropical landscaping design plans are not merely drawings of a garden, but are symbols used to represent the areas materials, trees, plants, and other architectural features. The symbols do not need to be standardized, so you can use whatever you wish as long as they have the same reference to you and the professional landscape designer. It is advised that the symbols are simple, but maintain a suggestive nature of the landscape feature’s appearance. For example, architectural structures should be indicated with zigzag rectangles or dots.
Final Words On The Matter
As can be seen, drafting tropical landscaping design plans is not as complicated as one may have initially thought. Using the information above, you can determine if drafting landscape designs independently is suitable for your needs and how you can go about it without using a professional landscape designer.