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The Landscape Design Process
Shade, elevation, and hardscape materials are just a few of the elements than were considered when designing this backyard landscape. (Photo credit: Mary Meyer)
The Design Process (Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series, University of Minnesota) thoroughly discusses landscape design in the following order:
Sustainability and Landscape Design points out major considerations involved in sustainable landscape designs.
The Base Plan explains how to gather, compile, and find information in development of the landscape plan.
The Landscape Design Sequence includes the essential steps to create a sustainable landscape design.
The Completed Landscape Design transitions from developing a design to a completed landscape design. Design principles, such as simplicity, variety, balance, emphasis, sequence, and scale are discussed, as well as other design elements, such as: height and width, texture, form, and season interest/color.
More Design Considerations
These planters were designed to be accessible for people in wheelchairs. (Photo credit:Karen Jeannette)
- Using Color in the Landscape (Mississippi State University Extension) takes a close look at using color, one of the last considerations in the design process but certainly not the least.
Outdoor lighting (Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series, University of Minnesota)
Oregon State has a number of Making Gardening Easier publications:
Plants suitable for growing in a stone wall. (Photo credit: Mary Mary)
The following references provide information on plant selection based on specific landscape criteria including hardiness zone, environmental requirements, height and spread, and aesthetic characteristics.