General Landscape Design Terms and Gardening Glossary
Read more about the most commonly used terms in the world of landscape and garden design.
Landscape Master Plan
As it sounds, A landscape master plan, is a general plan. It covers all the features that designers anticipate in an external space or garden. It describes how the designer has drawn up and created the space to meet all your needs. Therefore, it will give you a strong idea of what the garden will actually look like. To demonstrate, this plan outlines details such as paving, walls and fencing. Also, it may include details of trees, shrubs, turf, landscapes, lighting and external furnishings.
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Landscape Layout and Quantities Plan
This plan includes an outline of the agreed design.
It details changes in ground levels, measurements of proposed features and the estimated quantities of all the materials that the builders will need to construct the garden. This plan outlines the name, position and number of each new plant, together with the position of any existing plants that will remain in the space. This plan predicts plants achieving their maximum spread within five years. So, when first planted, it may look a little bare.
However, you can trust that it will grow and develop to fill the space correctly. The Landscape Layout and Quantities plan also includes a detailed plant list. This enables the estimated plant budget to be accurately costed from the outset.
Planning Discharge Conditions
This is one of the most important landscape design terms.
For many outdoor spaces, local planning authorities require robust sets of information for their review and approval. In general, after the authority has granted outline permission, they will need a wide range of detailed landscape drawings for final approval.
These must show the location of all existing and planned landscape details, such as pathways, driveways and so on. They will also require details of soft planting, including the name, type and number of plants required at the time of planting and details as to how the boundary fences/areas will be managed.
This is an inventory of everything to do with the vegetation within the proposed commission. A plant schedule details the types, location and quantity of everything that will be planted, including a planned size of the plant at the time of purchase.
This document is very specific but should be easy to interpret and understand. It can also include an in-depth annual maintenance plan.