Ecology + Design

What Does a Landscape Design Master Plan Look Like?

A Landscape Design Master Plan is a full-property design plan represented as an industry-standard AutoCAD drawing, and often accompanied by plant photos, reference photos, color renderings, and/or section drawings to fully convey the design concept.

A 3D rendering of a project in Cold Spring, NY that featured front entrance masonry and gardens.

We often recommend Landscape Design Master Plans to clients who come to us initially with smaller projects, because a design is more cohesive when looked at and conceptualized broadly instead of piecemealed together without an overarching vision.  Plus, for projects that require permits and sitting before the Architectural Reiew Board, the board members will certainly want to know if there are any other plans for the rest of the property, even if, for example, the client only intends to install the backyard this year.

Landscape Design Master Plan Examples

Pool landscape plan plus shady driveway planting for this Westchester County, NY property. All work by GJLD.


Landscape Design Master Plan for a shady site featuring a woodland stroll garden and layered entry plantings.
We love designing interactive gardens that invite you to wander through them! “Island beds” are a great way to break up expanses of lawn with native planting.


Contemporary landscape plan for a new build home in Greenwich, CT.
A landscape design master plan for a shady site in Westchester, NY.
Landscape plan featuring native foundation plantings and boulder-supported terraces with natural stone staircases.



A design plan helps us organize the property spatially, gaining a macro perspective and allowing for planting detail.
Landscape plan for a native pool landscape, entry courtyard and backyard grass garden in Pound Ridge, NY.

A Landscape Design Master Plan in Mt Kisco, NY.

A full-property plan helps both the client and the designer manage phases, expectations and resources, all while staying within a clear design vision.

An estate-scale Landscape Design Master Plan in Fairfield County, CT.

Below are some examples of Landscape Design Master Plans and Design Presentations we have prepared for our fabulous clients.  Contact us to discuss your landscape design project and schedule a consultation.

A backyard courtyard design featuring a network of natural stone garden paths, patios and seating areas. Somers, NY.

Landscape Design Master Plan in Brewster, NY.

A residential landscape design plan in Westchester County, NY.
Reducing lawn area for larger garden beds allows for more native, productive habitat gardens. A pillar of ecological landscaping! Design plans include detailed plant lists with ready-to-build specifications.
A poster of plant photos used in the landscape design plan, and the birds they will sustain.
Landscape plan for leveling and lifting the rear yard, as well as renewed ecological foundation plantings.
A terraced permaculture garden featuring new garden paths, a water feature, and habitat gardens.

Read our previous posts: What’s in a Professional Landscape Consultation and Why You Should Pay For One & Inside an Ecological Landscape Design Consultation 

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