Once your families needs have been determined, areas for these activities must be located within your new garden. One of the techniques used by professionals is a bubble diagram. This is not a hard and fast plan, but is a rough sketch to guide you on the way to deciding how you wish your garden to look.

The placement of each activity area should be considered in terms of the house plan and in relation to other activates in and adjacent to the site. A straightforward way to create a bubble diagram is to place a piece of tracing paper over the site plan. Never draw directly on your base plan, as you will need it again and again as you design develops and changes. Sketch the outline of each activity area.

A sketch diagram showing a concept garden layout plan.

This is a simple example of a bubble graph or diagram.  A bubble diagram is a great way to generate ideas for your Landscape or Garden Design.  Even though it’s simple and sketchy, this method is used a lot to “think out loud” (on paper).

Major considerations should be given to the placement of different areas. Don’t be afraid to have a few attempts with different layouts before you create the one that you are happy with.

Try to place outdoor areas in relation to indoor areas. For example, the outdoor living and entertaining space can be an extension of the family or living room in the house. Also try to arrange areas relative to the activities in each area. For example: do not locate the children play area beside a quiet zone or out of sight of supervising adults.

In smaller gardens there may not be enough room to allocate each activity to its own area. This is where you get an opportunity become really creative with your design. It is possible to put two activates into one area but it involves thought and planning. You must consider what activates will take place when, for example, the children’s daytime play area becomes an early evening entertaining space for adults to relax and meet their friends.