Free landscape designs can serve as a good reference to gather ideas for your land. Especially if you do not have much time to invest in thinking of a design and layout for your landscape, it is preferable to find ideas from other landscape designs. The pictures and information is available either on the Internet or in catalogs and magazines.
The Internet is full of advice and tips on designing your landscape. After you have chalked out the area to be landscaped, you can plan how you want it to look. While having a look at free designs, ensure that they suit the architecture of your building and merge with its backdrop. If you like the landscape design, check that its size is similar to your land size. Otherwise, the design and layout may not look nice on your land. Check what accessories are used in the landscape design. It would be better to shortlist what types of plants, trees, water bodies, pathways and lighting you require, and then find matching designs. This way you need not look at irrelevant or unsuitable plans.
There are even some free landscape design software programs also available, like Smartdraw, that let you design your land from scratch. All information related to landscape designs, like shapes, styles, methodology and plants, is also available in abundance. So if you can invest some time, you can gain access to this information for free. Otherwise you can get these inputs from landscape design books, but they will cost money. In case you only want to pick an idea from other landscape designs, there are lots of photos you can find on sites like About.com. So it is better to go through these designs and analyze their pros and cons so you can pick up the best-suited design for your landscape. It can be quick and cost-effective for you.
Source by Eric Morris