Wednesday, November 11, 2009


It is always important to know what your gardens purpose is. How you intend to use it will determine what is designed. This checklist is meant as a guide. Your answers to these questions will be very helpful for both you and the landscape designer.
  • Do you actually intend to spend time in the garden and if so when? What time during the day. When the sun is out or at night?
  • What is the main purpose of your garden?
    • Designed to sell
    • Outdoor dining/entertaining - how often and how many people?
    • Meditation/contemplation
    • Hobbies - what types?
    • Games/sports - what kinds?
  • Do you prefer open exposed spaces or enclosed sheltered areas?
  • How would you like to move through the space?
  • Does the garden get sunlight between 9am to noon, noon to 3pm or after 3pm?
  • What is the home's architecture like? Are there architectural elements that might look nice repeated in your garden?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • Are there any landscape elements (hardscape, planting etc.) that you like?
  • Are there any landscape elements (hardscape, planting etc.) that you dislike?
  • Are there any landscape elements (hardscape, planting etc.) that you would like to keep?
  • What do you like least about your homes exterior spaces right now?
  • Do you have any significant HOA restrictions?
  • How much are you willing to allot for the creation and maintenance of your garden?
  • Will the installation be done by you or are you going to hire a licensed landscape contractor (recommended)?
  • What is your budget?

One suggestion is to look at magazines for ideas and cut out what draws your eye and make a little scrap book.

You can buy the full 24 page version here.

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