When placing plants, consider their growth characteristics, as well as their water and sun/shade requirements:
- Plants that need full sun should not be placed under trees.
- Plants with similar water needs should be grouped together.
- To avoid a cluttered look and the need for extra pruning, choose appropriately sized plants and place them an appropriate distance apart. Several of the publications presented in the resources section of this guide provide extensive information on low water use plants.
It is not necessary to make a realistic drawing of each plant. In fact, most landscape architects and designers use symbols, usually circles, to represent plants on their landscape plans.
- For each plant, draw a circle in a size that represents the plant at maturity (when it is largest in size).