Water Wise Landscape Design
- Seven principles of water wise gardening
- What is “landscape design”?
- Steps to creating practical and pleasing outdoor living space
- Step 1. Site Analysis identifies opportunities and limitations of the property
- Step 2. Family Analysis creates a story line, bringing unity into the landscape
- Step 3. With bold lines, delineate softscape and hardscape areas, creating outdoor rooms
- a) Define macro-use of space with hydrozone bubble drawings
- b) Refine macro-space with bold lines, in rectilinear, curvilinear, or angular design style
- c) Refine preliminary design for efficient irrigation
- d) Delineate micro-spaces with connecting paths, plants, and hardscape features
- Step 4. Develop plant consideration lists based on hydrozones
- Step 5. Fitting elements into the design based on the design principles
CMG GardensNotes on Water Wise Landscape Design
- Principles of Landscape Design, #413
- Selecting Turf for Water Wise Landscapes, #412
- Water Wise Landscape Design, #411
- Homework: Water Wise Landscape Design, #415
- References and Study Questions: Water Wise Landscape Design, #410
- Worksheet: Water Wise Landscape Design, #414
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Revised October 2014