Tailoring Outdoor Spaces with 2D Landscape Design

Customisation to Your Desires backyard 2d design

Before you start the entire remodelling or construction process of your outdoor spaces such as your garden, backyard or what not — it is first important to visualise it and see if the vision you have in your head translates well into design, this is what 2D Landscaping is for!

As a homeowner, your preferences are top priority — you and your chosen partners in this remodelling or construction project’s aim is to make sure that it is your vision that is followed. However, immediately beginning construction or even mapping it out using 3D design models are costly and inefficient when you’re just starting out. Which is why before even beginning, it is important to go back to the basics. 

But first and foremost, what is 2D Landscape Design?

Understanding 2D Landscape Design

2D landscape design is when you and your designers create a flat, two-dimensional plan of your outdoor area. — whether through software or by hand. Having a two-dimensional plan easily helps you see where everything will go, like plants, paths, furniture, and other features.

With a 2D plan, you can try out different designs and make changes easily without spending money or effort on real-world adjustments, or the costs associated with 3D designing. 

Why Choose 2D Landscape Design?

Going back to the basics and using a 2D Landscape Design offers a lot of benefits especially if you are someone who is intentional with the entire process — 2D designing will save you a lot of mock designs, trial and errors and even prevent problems along the way. 

How so? 

Cost-Effective Planning

Visualising your design on paper or a computer screen allows you to make adjustments without incurring the costs associated with physical changes.

Clear Visualisation

A 2D plan provides a clear view of the spatial arrangement, helping you to ensure that everything fits well together.


Easily modify your design based on feedback or new ideas, ensuring the final result meets your expectations.

Getting Started with Your Design

Asses your Space

Begin by measuring your outdoor area. Accurate measurements are crucial for creating a reliable 2D design. Note the location of existing features like trees, sheds, or patios, as these will influence your design choices.

Set your Design Goals

What do you want to achieve with your outdoor space? Consider the following questions:


Will the space be used for relaxation, entertaining, gardening, or a combination of these?


Do you prefer a modern, minimalist look or a more traditional, lush garden?

Once you’ve figured out the foundations of your design, you can now begin adding your personal preferences! What touches of colour or vibe do you want to include? How do you want to design your space?

Here are some of the Most Common Tailored Designs

Selecting Plants and Greenery

Choosing the right plants is essential for a thriving outdoor space. Consider the climate, soil type, and the amount of sunlight your area receives. Opt for native plants that are well-suited to your environment and require less maintenance.

Designing Pathways and Walkways

Paths and walkways guide movement through your space and add structure. Decide on the materials (such as gravel, pavers, or wood) and design paths that complement the overall aesthetic of your garden.

Adding Outdoor Furniture

Choose furniture that matches the style and purpose of your space. Consider weather-resistant materials and think about the placement to create inviting areas for relaxation or dining.

Lighting Your Space

Proper lighting enhances the usability and ambiance of your outdoor space. Incorporate a mix of task lighting (for pathways and steps), accent lighting (to highlight features), and ambient lighting (for overall mood).

And now, the last chapter begins! With everything customised to your preferences, let’s make sure we finalise your design and prepare for creation!

Finalising Your Design

Reviewing and Refining

Take time to review your 2D design, making sure every element fits harmoniously. Get feedback from family members or friends and be open to making adjustments based on their input.

Preparing for Implementation

Once you’re satisfied with your design, create a detailed plan for implementation. List the materials you’ll need, estimate the cost, and set a timeline for the project.

Designing a custom outdoor space with 2D landscape design is a fulfilling process that helps you see and refine your ideas before making them real. By following these steps and using eco-friendly methods, you can turn your outdoor area into a beautiful, useful, and green paradise. 

Whether you’re starting new or updating an old space, 2D landscape design gives you a practical and flexible way to create your dream garden. Happy designing!

Ready to Create your Own Landscape Design?

Our team at VL Designs have just the right tools to make sure your vision comes to life! With our tailored landscaping solutions, we have helped clients all over Australia in achieving their dream garden. 

Contact us today or send us an email over at info@vldesignaustralia.com.au and let’s begin creating yours!

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