Landscape design is an art that works with a canvas distinctly different from other art forms. The "art" is always changing as the plants grow, environmental conditions change, and people use the space.
When designing a residential landscape, the most important step is to put a plan on paper. Developing a master plan will save you time and money and is more likely to result in a successful design.
A master plan is developed through the "design process": a step-by-step method that considers the environmental conditions, your desires, and the elements and principles of design. The goal is to organize the natural and man-made features in your yard into an aesthetic, functional, and environmentally sustainable landscape.