The Creative Process Behind Landscape Design

There’s nothing worse than a beautiful home on a dull-looking yard. This scenario can make even the most creative person overwhelmed. As daunting as it may seem, the creative landscape design process is not very difficult. It simply requires a little imagination, some good thoughts and additional resources to support your goals.

Time Constraints

Virtually everyone has time issues even if they are on vacation. Hustling from here to there, running errands and taking care of life’s responsibilities can create un-wanted stress. And the last thing anyone in this predicament wants to do is spend precious time planning out a landscape design.

If you find you are always battling time, cheat a little and steal ideas from other landscape designs. While you are driving around running your errands, take a route through neighborhoods. See a design you like? Snap a picture. Don’t forget to stop driving the car first!


The Internet is full of creative landscape designs. Access home improvement websites and the personal websites of landscape designers. They showcase their work and display pictures of their designs. Use these images as inspiration for your landscape.

Your Landscape

It’s easy to just print out a picture of what you want, but this is just the first step of the process. Take into consideration your yard’s measurements. If what you love does not fit, reconfigure your design. Also, observe your current landscape and determine what features will remain and which ones will be changed. Consider the land’s features such as slope, elevation, and climate. Divide the land into the following sections: Open, plants and gardens; pathways; special features. Know the details of your land such as where water inlet points are located.

Drafting these elements on paper is difficult. If you want to design your landscape on your own, consider purchasing software that helps you plan the details of your design from scratch. Add your yard measurements and see how each design element fits into the overall scheme. Play around with different plants and features and see what you like best.  Ensure your software design is compatible with your current outdoor landscape.


Whether you consult with a professional or personally design your landscape, the plan will set the stage for the entire project. Once you devise a blueprint and ensure that all details are compatible with your yard, your plan will attack the method of execution.

List the materials needed and their cost. If you are budget-conscious, do some internet research to source the best prices and keep a list of your findings. If you need the materials right away, contact some local landscaping businesses to see if they are willing to sell you un-used greenery or trees for a discount price.

Establish a timeframe and a step by step process. A schedule will help you stay focused on your end goal. By staying focused on your final result, you will avoid overwhelming feelings of stress throughout the project.