Last weekend I measured and mapped our front yard. It took forever, but I really needed to do it. My planting up to this point has been almost completely random, so my gardens are
chaotic eclectic. I want to do some rearranging. First, I stood outside and tried to plan all the changes in my head. I stared and stared at the yard, but the longer I stared the more confused I felt. I needed a map to work with.
So, I measured and sketched everything out to scale, right down to the last tree.
Then I drew it all out in Illustrator. Now I can scoot plants around and figure out the placement before digging a bunch of holes in the wrong places.
(Click the map to zoom in.)
Have you done this before? Did it help? Do you have any garden planning tips to share? I get so overwhelmed trying to consider all the factors I need to take into account—when a plant will bloom, whether or not it is evergreen, size of the plant when it reaches maturity, light requirements, etc…