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The simplest landscape plans are called "bubble" diagrams. But if you wish to draw up more elaborate designs, I can help you with that, too, including what software to use if you do not want to draw by hand. Others may simply want to check out my sample designs for coping with areas too dry, too wet, too shady or plagued by deer.

How to Draw Landscape Plans
You say that you'd like to learn how to draw landscape plans? This article aimed at do-it-yourselfers shows you how. I try to keep it simple, telling you just enough to get you started, without overwhelming the novice.

Plan for Sunny Perennial Beds
Is there a spot on your property that is pounded by sunshine all day long? If you currently have trouble growing anything there, consider switching to drought-tolerant plants. This article will inform you about sun-loving plants suitable for such a landscape plan, replete with a link to a sample drawing.

Landscape Plan for Wet Areas
Are you challenged by a boggy location? Most plants need better drainage than such a spot can offer to survive. In my sample plan I have installed mainly natives of the northeastern U.S. (my home), because they are the best-adapted to such areas in my region. But your local county extension or wildflower society can propose suitable substitutions.

Sample Plan for Shady Areas
To plant successfully in shady areas, you will have to narrow your choices down to specimens adapted to lower light levels. Following the picture of a landscape plan supplied here, you can make your plant selection fit the conditions, not vice versa. This is one of the samples I generated using software.

Free Landscape Design Plan: The Deer-Proof Border
This free plan will show you how to design a border of deer-resistant plants. The landscaping plan is supplemented by descriptions of the plants appropriate for your deer-proof border. Tips are also included on how to draw plans of your own. Simply download and print out the sample to use as a guideline for your plantings.

Create Landscape Plans With Design Software
Do you prefer to draw out your plans freehand or with software? I admit that I was skeptical of using software, at first. I have tried a few programs, and, while I still cannot be bothered with software, for the most part, Realtime Landscaping Pro software is the most effective program I have used. Read my review to see why.

Types of Flowers: What to Grow Where
This resource is a companion piece to the sample landscape plans offered above for dry areas, wet areas, shady areas, and locations haunted by deer. It brings all the information together into one place and, with its sister articles covering these topics in detail, will help you decide what to grow where in your yard.

Help With Drawing Your Landscape Plans: How to Sketch
Helen South, About's Guide to Drawing / Sketching, is a great source for tips on how to improve your sketching abilities. If you merely wish to learn how to sketch, start here; you may even find that you have an artistic flair! If, instead, you require practical information about sketching basic landscape plans, please see the links below.

Sample Landscape Plan
This sample landscape plan shows what a bubble diagram looks like. My example exhibits the characteristic circular and oblong shapes of the bubble diagram. This is the most basic type of drawing, but it can be useful to beginners and to those who do not wish to spend a lot of time drawing.

How To Draw Landscape Plans
This is a detailed presentation from Texas A&M showing how to draw plans (examples provided). The author even provides the symbols commonly used by professionals. The updated version focuses on "sustainability." The Plant Selector feature will be useful to those in need of help specifically with landscaping in Texas.

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