Landscape Plan:

Symbols and Requirments

Landscape Symbols:

In drawing a completed landscape design, designers use graphics and symbols, rather than words, to show many of the various components of the plan. Different graphics are used to indicate different types of plants, such as evergreens, deciduous trees, or groundcovers. Hardscape materials, such as brick, flagstone, and decking are also shown with different groups.

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Landscape Plan Requirements


  • A title block (include name and address of firm preparing plan with date and/or revision dates) Scale, north arrow, vicinity map
  • Boundaries of subject property, streets and easements
  • Required number of parking spaces and proposed number of parking spaces
  • Location and name of utility lines, easements or right-of-ways on or adjacent to the site (if there are no utilities, please note on plan.)
  • Installation detail

  • A planting schedule (listing plant materials by botanical name, common name and cultivar, if any, quantity of materials, size of materials at planting, plant spacing, and existing trees approved for use

Preliminary Planting Plan Symbols


Preliminary plans show the proposed layout of the individual plant material. Quick sketches are used to explore different layouts and arrangements to get a rough idea of the size constraints and best locations for plants. Several preliminary plans are often used to create one plan, taking the best ideas from each plan. Use simple circles and free-form lines to indicate plant material location and size. Color palettes can also be tested by using colored pencils to draw the plants.

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