I remember sitting in my first landscape design studio in college. All of us students were packed in to a tight studio room with lots of wide windows, and too-low ceilings. Drafting tables were butted up to each other in groups of four. Sitting on a tall stool, and feeling pretty artsy just being there, I listened intently as my professor started explaining our class syllabus (boring!) and then he began to explain the organizational joy of “landscape zones”.

Hmmmm….what is this you ask? Well, it’s super simple! Every outdoor space is a series of zones. You can break it down, for example, into front yard, back yard, side yard, etc. Or you can break a back yard space down into even more distinct zones such as play space, eating area, planting bed, relaxation space, etc.

You see, every landscape is just a series of zones. Easy peasy, right? These zones help to organize any outdoor space (and help you feel more organized too!) If you begin to see your space in zones, you will gain some great insight on designing your yard!

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Take a closer look at your landscape space. What do you currently use the space for? And what would you ideally want to use the space for?

Take a front yard, for instance. You may want a parking space, a walking space, a sitting space, and a planting space.

Here’s what that could look like:

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When you then see your space as an actual, functional space, you can begin the design process! Perhaps widening your parking space a bit, creating a unique edge for the transitional walking space, maybe creating a small patio for your sitting space, and adding plant material for the planting space.

If you break your space down zone-by-zone it helps you to see your yard in a new light, and see each space as a specific piece of the whole pie, which is your beautiful home.

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