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The Bubble Plan



What is a "bubble plan" and what is it needed for in garden design?


The bubble plan is one of the first steps when we start to design a garden, it's useful because it sets the basics of the spaces in its configuration and the designation of different areas or uses within the garden.

Through the drawing of bubbles (yes, literally bubbles!) on the plan, we decide whether an area has a designated activity or another.

It's a very useful tool because it sets the structure of the garden in its entirety with all the contents we want or have to put in it.


How do we create a bubble plan?


Follow the following simple steps to create your bubble plan.

1. First, draw the basic existing elements of the garden on the plan. Boundaries, walls, structures such as sheds, fences and accesses, existing shrubs and trees to retain must be visible on the plan.


2. Then, write down a list of functional areas and items that the clients have requested you to have in their brief and others that you think are suitable and useful to propose to the clients.


3. Then it's just a matter of finding the best spot for all of the listed items on the plan, drawn on the paper as bubbles, circular or oblong shapes. During this exercise, it's very useful to mark down all the main views, the focal points and the accesses.


4. Use different colours or patterns so that you differentiate clearly one from another and boldly label each bubble. You will obtain a very intuitive and clear scheme.


Here's an example for inspiration.



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