Jan 22 Elevation to Plan
These are the steps I follow when designing from elevation to plan:
1. Draw the area for the planting bed in PLAN view (not the plants yet, just the bedlines). Keep this in pencil, in case you need to make changes later.
2. Start drawing the ELEVATION above it so you can make the elevation line (the heavy line at the bottom of your elevation) the exact width as the bed.
3. Draw a nice composition of plant forms in ELEVATION (on the new line you just drew). Feel free to go through many, many options on tracing paper. Keep this in pencil, since you may need to tweak it. Learn more about drawing plant forms here.
4. Once you like the ELEVATION, start drawing those plants in your PLAN view. Use a straight edge to make sure the PLAN view lines up exactly with the plants in ELEVATION. Please see the image below.
One of the best ways to design is to draw your ideas in elevation, especially when making a composition of plants. This allows you to visualize the plant forms in a holistic composition, rather then just looking at circles on paper… though those circles on paper are also important. A proper plan