Labeling the plants on the plan

If you have room on your plan, you may want to draw a line to each plant that indicates its common name, quantity, and the container size or height. This saves time spent search­ing for symbols in a plant key. You may also want to include the Latin name of the plant. However, there is not always space available to include all of this information. A shorthand method of using the quantity and first letter or two of the plant’s common name (or Latin name) can be used where space is limited. For example, if the plant is an azalea, it could appear as "12 – A" or "12 – Az." The important part is that your method of labeling is clear to you or the people who will install the plants.

4. Creating a plant key

A plant key is a list of the symbols used in your design, along with the plants they represent. Both the Latin name and the common name for each plant may be listed, along with the size of each plant to be purchased. A total quantity for each plant used in the plan should also be included. You may pre-

Figure 31. Placing plants to maximize energy savings. Drawing by Richard Martin III.

fer to label each plant with a letter or letters that represents the plant name. However, it is important that your labeling system is clear to you or the people who will be installing the design, particularly if the plan is to be set aside for a period of time. See Figure 33 for the complete landscape plan for the home and property depicted throughout this publication.