How to draw a garden plan

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Before you start a new or redesign of your garden, you should put your idea on paper. The best way to experiment is with a true-to-scale garden plan showing existing buildings, areas, paths, and larger plants. Take into account the lighting conditions during the entire garden planning. If the house sheds shadows on the front yard, then you should do without sun-hungry plants and prefer shady shrubs and shrubs. The seats should also be placed according to the amount of sunshine.

When you look at the layout of your garden, you often have more ideas than space to make it happen. In order to achieve the desired result, we show you how to draw a garden plan yourself step by step with pen and paper.

Step by step: drawing a garden plan

Drawing garden plan

Draw in the size of the plants

First transfer the plot size to transparent paper (left) and plot the planned plants (right)

Place translucent paper on graph paper and plot property boundaries and everything that will remain (for example, tall trees). Put a second tracing paper on this plan. Transfer the inventory to it and use this banner for the new ideas. The size of the shrubs is drawn in with a circle template. Plan with mature trees.

Tighten planting areas in the garden plan

Put on second tracing paper

Hatch the planting areas in the garden plan so that you can better distinguish the individual areas (left). Use a second transparent paper for the details (right)

Planting areas are hatched with oblique lines, making them stand out well from other areas such as lawn, gravel or terrace. For the details, place a new tracing paper on the plan and attach it to the table top with a painter's crepe.

Draw details in the garden plan

Colorize garden plan

Now you can draw the details in the garden plan (left) and colorize (right)

Transfer the outlines of the surfaces to the tracing paper with a fineliner. Now you can also draw garden furniture or show the surfaces of paved paths or wooden decks in more detail. Crayons are ideal for coloring and make the individual areas of the garden more distinguishable.

Colorize garden plan with colored pencils

Completely drawn garden plan

With the right painting technique objects can be represented plastically

Play with the possibilities of crayons and vary the brightness of the colors by varying the pressure. As a result, treetops, for example, look much more plastic. When the first plan is done, you should design at least one alternative. The optimal solution often develops from different variants.

Give ideas a perspective

With a photo of the respective place of the garden you can get a concrete picture of your plan. Place a translucent paper over the photo and use Fineliner to spatially record the desired plants and elements. With such sketches you can check the plan, recognize any errors or weak points and can correct them.

Show garden plan in perspective

Transparent paper and a photo can also be used to implement a garden plan in perspective

In the garden, there is always something to redesign: Keep your garden plan well and update it constantly. After all, the renovation of small garden corners can best be tried out first on paper.

Ideas for a garden plan

Those who lack creative ideas can get ideas in gardening books. The local library offers a selection of helpful guides on design and gardens. Always keep your eyes open when you are on the move. As soon as you see something that you like, take pictures of it. Gain successful examples and think about how you can build them. A good starting point are also the open garden gates, which take place nationwide and offer insights into nicely designed green spaces.
Numerous design ideas can be found under the heading before-after on our website. For a personal consultation you can contact our planning service.

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